Real Employment Law Advice

Category: Discrimination & Equality

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Without prejudice letters: Are they really ‘off the record’?

Are “without prejudice” letters admissible as evidence if they contain grossly exaggerated allegations of misconduct? This was the question that was considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd v Sommer  in relation to a letter proposing settlement..

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Childcare and Sex Discrimination

In a recent case decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal the tricky issue of childcare and sex discrimination arose in a case against the retail chain Primark. It is an interesting reminder of the types of issues that can arise when trying to arrange working hours and arrangements among staff.

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An employer has been ordered to pay compensation after making menopause comments

An employee recently succeeded in claiming that she had been harassed on the grounds of her sex and age following comments made by her manager about menopause.  She also won her claim of victimisation based on the treatment she received after she complained about the offending comments. 

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Employee asked to stop flatulating loses disability-related harassment claim

Employee asked to stop flatulating loses disability-related harassment claim. In the recent case of Mr Tarique Mohammed v Crown Prosecution Service 3323914/2016 and others, Mr Mohammed, a barrister employed by the CPS, was unsuccessful in arguing that he had been discriminated against..

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Should an Employer Cut Sick Pay for Unvaccinated Staff?

You may have seen in the news recently that both Next and Ikea have reduced the amount of sick pay an unvaccinated employee will receive if they are required to self-isolate after coming into contact with someone with Covid-19. The news has been met with a certain amount of backlash..

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Possible changes to Employment Law in 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that some of the changes previously discussed have not yet been implemented, however, as we start to move out of the pandemic (which will hopefully be soon), these proposed changes may be revisited and come into force.

Discrimination & Equality

Employee wins £180,000 in compensation for refusal of flexible working request

A female employee recently won a tribunal claim against her employer because they refused to let her reduce her days of work or leave work early to pick up her child from nursery. The huge pay out was awarded after the Employment Tribunal held that the employer had indirectly discriminated…