controversial recruitment practice at Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council has caused a furore by banning white people from applying for a traineeship because it wants to boost staff diversity. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph the two-year training opportunity is only open to people from black or ethnic minority backgrounds because the “normal recruitment process was not rectifying” under-representation.…

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sexist behaviour could end up costing Sussex Police £575,000

[picappgallerysingle id=”8528013″ align=”left”] Firearms officer Barbara Lynford was awarded £275,000 by an employment tribunal in 2007 after she was subjected to sexist behaviour when working in a team based at Gatwick Airport. She was the only woman in the 18-strong unit and staff left images of topless women lying around and made comments about Ms…

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unfair dismissal and misconduct

A couple of recent unfair dismissal cases have thrown new light on unfair dismissal law. The first shows that an employer has a wide discretion as to whether to postpone internal disciplinary proceedings when there is an ongoing police investigation into the same allegations. A prison officer (a Mr Mansfield) was accused of orchestrating violence…

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