Tribunal Finds Gay Head Teacher Suffered Discrimination

An employer’s unreasonable behaviour can lead to discrimination found the employment tribunal in the case of Tywyn Primary School vs Aplin.  Background It was heard that Mr. Aplin, a 42-year-old gay head teacher, indulged in consensual sex with two 17-year-old males who he met online on a gay dating website. Following an investigation by the … Read more

What to Wear to Work – Dress Codes and Sex Discrimination

The UK Government Equalities Office has recently announced new guidelines for employers on implementing dress codes to avoid sex discrimination at work. The guidelines suggest that when policies on clothes or uniforms are an essential part of employer’s terms and conditions of employment, then similar standards of dressing must be maintained for both men and … Read more

Michael Fallon resigns but is not necessarily guilty of sexual harassment

Michael Fallon resigns as Defence Secretary, following an allegation of sexual harassment, his resignation letter states that “in the past” his behaviour “had fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces”.  The Allegation Whilst there may be other allegations of harassment in the swirl of accusations, denials and apologies circling around … Read more

Protected Characteristics: What are they?

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees and job applicants from being subjected to discrimination (less favourable treatment).  It makes it unlawful to treat a person, or group of people, differently or subject them to harassment on the grounds of certain defined areas. 

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour which either violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Sexual harassment also describes situations in which people are treated less favourably because they either submit to or reject sexual conduct. Harassment may be verbal, non-verbal or physical  Verbal: Name calling … Read more