Priority of discrimination protection – religion, sexual orientation and political belief

I expect that most readers will have seen some of the widespread media coverage concerning the Northern Irish case of Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd and others. I have pointed out for some time that, particularly in the context of protection from discrimination relating to religion or philosophical belief, there is an obvious risk…

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What is to be done about appraisals?

According to an article in The Times (behind paywall) the BBC has more than lived up to the stereotypical portrayal of it in comedy series W1A by abandoning appraisals “because the meetings risk making staff members feel that their performance is being appraised”! Appraisals are to be replaced with “performance development reviews” which are intended to…

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Is an accusation being “too left-wing” harassment related to belief?

In Henderson v GMB the Employment Appeal Tribunal was asked to consider a claim alleging direct discrimination and harassment relating to Mr Henderson’s “left-wing democratic socialist beliefs”. An employment tribunal had found that Mr Henderson had been fairly dismissed but had suffered unlawful direct discrimination and harassment on the basis of the protected characteristic of…

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