Tags: Discrimination

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…

Worker awarded £27,000 after regularly hearing racist slurs

A worker has been awarded £27,000 in compensation after a tribunal ruled that having to listen to racist nicknames had ‘violated his dignity’. Delivery driver, Roy Morgan, became upset after his colleague was given a series of racist nicknames and was routinely referred to as a golliwog. It was heard that Brian Ennis, who worked…

Catharine Geddes: Maternity leave – keeping in touch or cut off?

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has recently told the BBC of her “fight” with Whitehall officials when she took her second bout of maternity leave back in 2004. In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, she commented staff had been “very unsupportive” and had to fight to keep in touch with developments. Ms…

‘Foreign’ GPs ”are discriminated against”

Too many GPs who are trained abroad and come to Britain to work are not getting through their Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) exams because they are being discriminated against, it has been claimed. The General Medical Council (GMC) is looking into allegations that failure rates for doctors trained outside the UK are “disproportionate”.…

Sexual orientation discrimination claim proves successful

An Employment Tribunal has awarded a lesbian couple aggravated damages in a case of sexual orientation discrimination brought against Future Arts Limited, a not for profit social enterprise organisation. It was revealed last week that Leeds Employment Tribunal awarded former Chief Executive, Paula Temple and her partner, Stefanie Boulila, £58,714 and £22,840 respectively, following “cruel,…

John McCririck: “I was sacked because I was too old”

John McCririck, the former presenter on Channel 4 Racing, told an employment tribunal that he had been the victim of a “vendetta” against him by the “suits and skirts” in charge of the television company. The 73-year-old claims he was sacked from Channel 4 Racing last October without any explanation because they wanted to hire…

Marc Tobias: Disability in the workplace – can positive discrimination help boost diversity?

Last month it was reported that the German business software company, SAP, wants to tap into a new talent pool by hiring hundreds of people with autism to programme and test its products. But is this recruitment drive nothing more than a publicity stunt? Or could this approach help to boost diversity in the workplace?…

Muslim-run firm pay Christian worker for discrimination

A Muslim-run company has been ordered to pay a Christian worker £2,550 after an email circulated suggesting he had received a promotion because he was white. Christopher Turton was one of two white workers at the National Halal Food Group in Birmingham and an Employment Tribunal heard that after Mr Turton was promoted at the…