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Our discrimination law team regularly write about related legal topics and welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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Oxford City Council to introduce gender-neutral salutation

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It has recently been reported in the media that Oxford City Council has made the decision to introduce a gender-neutral salutation option of Mx – pronounced ‘mix’ – whilst it decides whether to phase out all titles from forms...

Report suggests employment rate of adults with learning difficulties is only six percent

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Finding a job is a daunting task for the majority of us, however this is understandably considered a much more prevalent issue for individuals with learning difficulties. It was recently reported that a 20 year-old man who...

Orders by employers to 'look easy on the eye for punters' - sex discrimination?

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It has recently been reported that an 18-year-old waitress was asked by her manager to wear make-up, her hair down and dress in a skirt to be ‘easy on the eye for punters’ while serving at a Bistro in Ayrshire. The story It is understood that...

Discrimination and travelling communities

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According to a report by the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups and Anglia Ruskin University, nine out of ten Gypsy, Traveller or Roma children in the UK have suffered racial abuse. For example, as well as the day-to-day comments made, it has been...

A rise in pregnant women being dismissed from employment?

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Surely not in 2016. With legislation and rules protecting employees pregnancy discrimination should be a thing of the past. The recent Government run Equality and Human Rights Commission Report (published by IFF Research Ltd) of Summer of 2015 found that: ...

Family-friendly pub, but it's a 'no' for transgender people

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In March 2016, it was reported in the press that a woman in Kent attempted to use the female toilets in her local pub but was refused entry as a result of her transgender status. The customer informed bar staff that she needed to use the bathroom, however...

Sexual harassment and discrimination: know your rights

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There have been several reports in the media lately concerning a rise in complaints of sexual harassment. This unwanted conduct can include wolf-whistling, winking, comments referring to somebody’s attractiveness, gestures regarding somebody’s...

'Single occupancy is not allowed' - Discrimination?

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It has recently come to light in the media that a widowed grandmother, aged 58, whose husband died last year of cancer, was turned away from a caravan park in Norfolk because she is single. Unfair? Yes. Insensitive? Yes. But is this discrimination under the...

'Fat Shaming' and Discrimination: Know Your Rights

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Imagine the situation. You’re on the train, perhaps commuting to work, travelling to see friends and family, or on a day out. Whatever your reasons for being on that train, imagine you are handed a card stating that you are “a fat, ugly...

Employers: women, you can have a career or a family

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In a recent case in the Employment Tribunal, Julie Humphreys, a successful architect, argued that her employer had sidelined her out of her £105,000 a year job whilst she was on maternity leave with her second child. Ms Humphreys found herself being...

Case law update: directly discriminating against companies

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A claim of direct discrimination concerns ‘a person’ being treated less favourably because of a particular characteristic. Law protects a number of personal characteristics including a person’s race, disability, sex, gender reassignment,...

Caste discrimination

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There has for some time been a call for clarity over whether a claim for caste discrimination can be pursued under the Equality Act 2010. The matter has now been decided in the case Chandok and another v Tirkey [2015] IRLR 195 EAT.    In this...

Previous misconduct - What do you do?

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In a recent case, before the Employment Appeal Tribunal, it was held that an employee is under no duty disclose their own previous misconduct to their employers. The respondent, The Basildon Academies, employed the claimant, Mr Emmanuel Amadi, as a...

Breastfeeding mums & discrimination: know your rights

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What does the law say? Treating a woman less favourably because of her recent childbirth or an illness related to this, can amount to discrimination. As with the example above, this includes treating her less favourably because she was breastfeeding. The...

Government announces review of Employment Tribunal fees

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The Ministry of Justice has announced that they are to conduct their long awaited review into Employment Tribunal fees. Since the implementation of fees the number of cases brought before the Employment Tribunal have halved and there are ongoing...

Is diabetes a disability?

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The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against someone simply because of their disability. The definition of disability is met if someone suffers with a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and...