Time off for religious observance

There is no legal right to time off for religious duties, prayer, worship and festivals.  That said, employees who have been refused time off for religious festivals have brought successful claims in employment tribunals for religious discrimination where there has not been a legitimate business reason behind the refusal.  Muslim employees in a Tesco store … Read more

Case Study: Older employee told “better suited to traditional agency”

The recently reported case of Gomes v Henworth Limited and another.  The Claimant had been employed since 2009 by an estate agent as an Administrative Assistant.  During a conversation about alleged shortcomings with her work (errors in a letter that was sent out).  The tribunal found that the second Respondent, Mr Graham Gold, had said … 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. 

Harassment in the Workplace

Definition of harassment The Equality Act 2010 defines harassment at Section 26 as follows: A person (A) harasses another (B) if A engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of either: Violating B’s dignity, or Creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for B. … Read more

Your pregnancy rights

What are your pregnancy rights in the workplace? Pregnant employees have the right to be treated the same as other employees in the workplace. They should not be discriminated against because of their pregnancy. UK law has given protection to pregnant employees by providing pregnant employee rights which aim to prevent pregnancy discrimination. Employees have been given … Read more

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