Jones v Tower Boot Co Ltd [1997] IRLR 168 CA

Reports relating to this case:

  • Race discrimination: Extension of employers' liability for harassment

    15 February 1997

    In Jones v Tower Boot Co Ltd, the Court of Appeal holds that the words "in the course of employment" in the Race Relations Act should be interpreted in the sense in which they are employed in everyday speech, and not restrictively by reference to the principles laid down by case law for establishing an employer's liability for the torts committed by an employee during the course of his or her employment.

  • Tower Boot reversed

    1 January 1997

    In Jones v Tower Boot Co Ltd (11 December 1996) EOR71A, the Court of Appeal overrules the EAT and reinterprets the test for an employer's vicarious liability for an employee's discriminatory act. "Course of employment" is to be given an everyday, rather than a tort law, meaning.