Tags: Discrimination

Obesity discrimination judgment expected today

 Judgment could see obese individuals getting the same discrimination rights in the workplace as employees who are gay or disabled. The European Court Of Justice is expected to hand down its decision today on the controversial issue of whether individuals who are obese can have the same discrimination rights in the workplace as employees who are gay…

Fiona McAnaw and Kristie Willis: Tattoo discrimination

Many employers are now faced with a dilemma over the stance they should take regarding visible tattoos. With a reported one in five Britons now having tattoos, claims of discrimination against those exhibiting body art are increasingly reported in the news. The recent case of trainee teacher Charlotte Tumilty, who was sent away from a…

Businesses aren’t ready for shared parental leave – and neither are dads

One quarter of senior managers are unaware of new leave arrangements Many UK employers will get caught out by the new Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) rules which start on Monday 1st December, says a leading employment lawyer. According to national law firm, Irwin Mitchell, the majority of firms are focussed on April 2015 when new…

Laura Conway: Zero-hours worker told to stay home over Ebola fears

What do you do if you fear an employee has Ebola? Over the past couple of weeks it has been reported that security guard Sam Ogunnoiki was refused the right to return to work after a holiday to Nigeria. Mr Ogunnoiki was reportedly asked to remain away from work for three weeks and not to return…

Accentism needs to be tackled in the same way as racism, ageism and sexism

A recent study from the University of Manchester has suggested that the effects of “accentism” (discrimination against people with regional accents) could be far more widespread and harmful than previously suspected. Reportedly one in three Britons have suffered negative feelings towards themselves, with those with strong regional accents feeling pressurised to “posh up” when talking…

Catholic police officer claims he was bullied by his Protestant boss

A Roman Catholic Detective Inspector is bringing a claim against Scotland Yard for ‘religious belief, race and disability discrimination’, reports the Daily Mail. The claimant, DI Paul Armstrong, who is a Roman Catholic, claims his Ulster Protestant boss, DCI Mark Roycroft, unfairly criticised him in an annual appraisal and that it was motivated by ‘sectarian…

Micro businesses are Britain’s least discriminatory workplaces

The new report from leading employment law solicitors Doyle Clayton reveals that micro businesses are Britain’s least discriminatory workplaces (according to their employees) while medium and large organisations struggle with discrimination. Based on interviews with 1,000 employees across a range of organisations (conducted by Censuswide Research), Doyle Clayton’s Age Before Beauty? report looks at age and…

Muslim couple claim victimisation at being refused leave by Morrisons during Ramadan

A married couple, Donna and Yassin Tunkara, claim they were victimised at work due to their religious beliefs. They claim that bosses at the Morrisons warehouse in Stockton-on-Tees refused to grant them holidays during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A tribunal at Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard evidence from Mrs Tunkara, who says her holiday…

Louise Mankau: Sexual harassment in the workplace

As a succession of TV and radio stars face investigation and prosecution for historic alleged sexual offences, there has been much talk of past cultures of sexual harassment in the workplace. The recent trial of Dave Lee Travis is a case in point. But it’s not just the past hitting the headlines: the Lib Dems…

UKIP’s Nigel Farage get’s it wrong claiming there is no sex discrimination in the City

UKIP leader Nigel Farage sparked widespread outrage with his controversial comments about the ‘worth ‘of women working in the City after they had taken career breaks to have children. But it’s his assertion that there was ’no discrimination against women at all’ in the City that arguably deserves greatest condemnation. Nigel Farage’s ill-judged comments in his…

87% of young girls think women are judged on appearance, not ability

Girlguiding’s fifth Girls’ Attitudes Survey provides a unique overview of the state of equality for girls in the UK today. It finds that girls live in a society in which sexual harassment is commonplace, girls’ appearance is intensely scrutinised and their abilities are undermined. It’s a society in which girls and young women feel they…

Just how much pregnancy & maternity discrimination is there in the workplace?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission will be undertaking a new comprehensive research project into the scale of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some pregnant women experience discrimination while on maternity leave or on their return to work. However, there is no up to date evidence as the most…

Working mothers feel discriminated against at work

According to new research by law firm Slater & Gordon, more than one in four mothers feel they have been discriminated against at work while pregnant or after returning to their job from maternity leave. The survey of almost 2,000 UK working mothers also found that 51% feel their employer’s and colleagues’ attitude towards them…