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…

end of the line for employment tribunal fees challenge (for now)

The challenge to employment tribunal fees brought by UNISON finally hit the buffers when Lord Justice Elias (pictured), delivering the lead judgment in the High Court, rejected the application. There were two grounds for the application. First, it was claimed to be unlawful in not complying with the EU principle of effectiveness because it was…

is it discriminatory not to offer a suitable vacancy to a woman selected for redundancy while on maternity leave?

The case of Wainwright v Sefton Borough Council was initially heard by Employment Judge Robinson in the Employment Tribunals in Liverpool in September 2013. His judgment was that Mrs Wainwight’s claims of automatic unfair dismissal, breach of regulation 10 of the Maternity and Paternal Leave Regulations 1999 (right to be offered suitable alternative jobs) and…

more bad behaviour – this time in an “exemplary” legal services department

Last month it was bad behaviour in the Met. This month (subject to an appeal) it is very bad behaviour in, of all places, the in-house legal department of a county council. Essex Legal Services has been put forward as a model of a forward looking legal services department. It is an award winner and…

misbehaviour in the Met – how not to treat an employee

Carol Howard, a Police Constable, has been awarded £37,000 after taking her employer, the Metropolitan Police, to an Employment Tribunal. In its verdict the Tribunal found that PC Howard had been “bullied and victimised” by her boss, because she was black. The tribunal also went further in its condemnation of officers from Scotland Yard, saying…