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Dealing with discrimination claims relating to face masks

Maria Chadwick
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Any organisation carrying out a public function and/or a service provider under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 needs to be aware of how to deal with complaints of discrimination raised by service users. Following the recent introduction of the...

Unsafe and unsupported: Maternity Action reports on work place health and safety for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic

Eleanor Adshead
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Maternity Action , a UK charity promoting the rights of pregnant women and new mothers, has published a report this month further to conducting a survey into pregnant women’s challenges regarding Covid-19 measures and health and safety within the...

Racial discrimination in the workplace

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The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has recently made the headlines due to the allegations raised by Azeem Rafiq of race discrimination and harassment. It has come under close scrutiny due to the way it investigated those allegations and have since dealt...

Can employers enforce a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination programme?

Terri Li
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On 11 November 2021 the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 (‘the regulations’) came into force. This follows months of consultations and guidance from the UK Government in their...

Is being told to 'grow up' by your employer age discrimination?

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It has been reported that in a recent employment tribunal decision, an apprentice hairdresser, who alleged that she had been sworn at, been called “dimlow” and had been told to “grow up” and “pull herself together” by...

Artificial intelligence and the risks it poses to discrimination claims

Rebecca Billinge
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Artificial intelligence is the development of computer systems which are able to perform tasks which would ordinarily require a human to do. This can be in a wide range of forms such as speech recognition, decision making, and visual perception. It is easy...

Significant financial award for a mother who was refused her flexible working request

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It is reported that the employment tribunal has recently ruled in favour of a mother who requested flexible working hours due to childcare reasons. It is understood that the claimant was awarded £184,961 in compensation by the employment tribunal...

The Black Lives Matter movement: rising cases of workplace race discrimination

Maria Chadwick
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This past year, thousands of people across the UK have joined in protest to show support for anti-racism movements, most notably in response to the George Floyd tragedy which took place in the United States in May 2020. Last week, the Advisory,...

Pregnant employee whose colleagues took bets on her weight wins maternity discrimination claim

Stephen Woodhouse
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It has recently been reported that a former marketing director has been awarded £30,000 following her successful claim for sex and maternity discrimination. The claimant is understood to have been a senior figure at a courier firm, until she was made...

Employers will be required to put enhanced policies in place following consultation on workplace sexual harassment

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Sexual harassment in the workplace has been unlawful for decades and workers are already offered protection under the Equality Act 2010. Sexual harassment can take place in many forms, the list for what constitutes sexual harassment is extensive, but can...

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