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NHS consultant awarded £4.5 million for sex and race discrimination

Headlines in the press were dominated at the end of 2011 with the decision of an Employment Tribunal to award a consultant £4.5 million in relation her successful claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination and race discrimination against her...

The Olympic Games 2012: One year to go - are you ready?

Dear Auntie With only one year to go to the London Olympic Games, we need to start planning and getting in shape! The summer holidays always cause a headache for us in the HR team, but we are expecting August 2012 to be even more challenging when the...

Belief in the higher purpose of public sector broadcasting - a step too far?

The scope of what constitutes a “philosophical belief” for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010 (and previously the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003) – and therefore qualifying for protection against...

New Year, New Problems

New year, new problems.. 2010 saw key developments in case law which Ozlem Kulle and Helen Besch outline in their articles. This article highlights key cases that are likely to be decided in 2011. Age discrimination The ECJ is considering in the German...

2010 case round up (part 2)

This is the second serving of our selection of key cases from 2010.  1. KRAFT FOODS v HASTIE – age discrimination / justification For more details of this case, see our Ask Auntie piece from our August 2010 newsletter . Summary:  ...

What employers really need to know about the Equality Act 2010

Dear Aunty I know that the Equality Act came into force last week, but I have not been able to keep up to speed with the changes it introduced. Please can you summarise the ones most likely to be relevant to HR? Thanks Harry Harman     ...

Top tips for dealing with discrimination claims

Companies frequently make some fairly basic mistakes when defending discrimination claims.  If you are an HR manager and you have just received notice that one of your ex-employees has decided to pursue a claim for discrimination against the Company,...

Facing up to facebook - the perils of social networking sites in the work-place

Over the past few yeas, employers have faced increasing problems arising out of the use of social networking sites and blogs in the work-place.  As a consequence, some employers have banned all use of such sites at work but this can be seen as an over...

Women and minorities only please - it's all positive stuff!

Dear Auntie,   I’m concerned about a recent decision taken by our company’s board of directors and would be grateful for your views.  It all started with the media attention around under-representation of women and minorities in...

Employment law under the new coalition government- Top Tips on what employers can expect

Information is now emerging on the changes employers can expect under the Conservative - Liberal Government. ‘The Coalition: Our Programme for Government’ was published on 20 May 2010 and outlines the following principal commitments on employment...

The Equality Act 2010 - Implications for Employers

The Equality Act received royal assent on 8 April 2010 and, according to the current Government timetable, the majority of the Act’s provisions should come into force in October 2010. The Act’s purpose is to harmonise existing discrimination...

Top Tips for Dealing with Employment Tribunal Disclosure

These top tips follow on from the guidance in this month’s Aunty Advice which details the nature of an employer’s obligation to disclose relevant documents as part of the employment tribunal litigation process. Top tips for dealing with...

Auntie Advises on Employment Tribunal Disclosure Obligations

Dear Auntie, We have just returned from a Case Management Discussion and the Employment Tribunal has ordered that disclosure be carried out over the next month.  We have a number of internal documents about the litigation which we would rather not...

Fighting for rights: new guidance on workplace harassment and violence

Workplace stress levels are possibly higher than ever in the current economic climate. Employees are concerned about possible redundancies, pay cuts, and having to work increasingly hard because of pressure from management.  It is at times like this...

'Q' is for Questionnaires

When an employee fears that he may have been discriminated against by his employer, proving this can be an extremely daunting prospect: realistically, what employer will readily admit to discrimination when challenged?.  The employee will have to decide...

Changing Names

We’ve just received a race discrimination questionnaire, and threat of a claim from a job applicant whom we did not shortlist.  She claims she submitted two identical claims – one from a Siobhan Lewis and another from a LaShawna...

The head butt that launched a thousand blogs... And as many lip-reading contests

Just reviewing the commentaries to gauge views on that incident in the final match of the World Cup made me understand once again how we all love to watch a good “bundle”. But what if the violence is happening in your workplace?  What if a...

Court of Appeal juggles with jurisdictional issues - Saggar v. Ministry of Defence

Summary The Court of Appeal concludes that a person who has not worked in the UK for 7 years can still bring a race discrimination claim here if he worked in the UK for the same employer before he left. Facts Lieutenant Colonel Saggar was an Army...

Discrimination in the City - the results

A few weeks ago, hrlaw (in conjunction with The Times) asked you for your views on whether the rumours and recent press headlines about discrimination in the City are true? Does discrimination continue to be rife or have just a handful of cases been blown...