Ex-employees granted rights by Lords’ ruling

A groundreaking House of Lords decision last week means former employees can
now bring claims against former employers for acts of discrimination or
victimisation that take place after employment has ended.

The House of Lords heard appeals in cases straddling all three
discrimination statutes: sex, race and disability.

It held that where the alleged discrimination is based on sex, race or
disability, the employee may have a claim if the employer does something after
employment has ended that amounts to less favourable treatment.

Previously, only staff victimised on the grounds of gender had any chance of
success in such a claim.

The decision will cover the giving or withholding of references by
employers, or the conduct of appeals against dismissals where the original
dismissal decision has already taken effect.

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