Equality and human rights

Bar Huberman Editor's message: As an employer you need to be aware of the laws that protect employees against discrimination and provide protection for human rights; successful discrimination claims often result in large awards against the employer.

We guide employers through their duties under the Equality Act 2010, including how the law differs for particular protected characteristics. For example, age differs from the other protected characteristics in that direct age discrimination can potentially be justified; and the law on disability discrimination includes the unique concepts of discrimination arising from disability and the duty to make reasonable adjustments. We also provide guidance on how the European Convention on Human Rights has an impact on private-sector and public-sector employers.

As well as explaining employers' legal obligations, our resources give practical guidance on good practice in encouraging an inclusive and diverse workforce.

Bar Huberman, employment law editor

Latest items in Equality and human rights

  • Age discrimination legislation and its impact on the workplace

    Date:
    30 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We take a look at some of the employment law cases that have tested the legislation since Regulations were introduced to tackle the unfair treatment of UK employees of all ages 10 years ago.

  • No age discrimination where overqualified job applicant rejected

    Date:
    30 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    An employment tribunal, in Jones v Care UK Clinical Services Ltd, has held that a job candidate who was rejected for being overqualified was not subject to age discrimination.

  • Date:
    29 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    It is 10 years since age discrimination legislation was introduced, but how have these obligations influenced how multi-generational workplaces operate? Richard Lee, partner at Gowling WLG, considers the impact of this important piece of legislation.

  • Employer did not discriminate against older job candidate on the ground of age

    Date:
    29 September 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employment tribunal has held that a rejected job applicant was not subject to age discrimination where the employer selected a younger, less experienced candidate.

  • Date:
    26 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Ex-England and Spurs footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse over a "joke" he made to a black security guard. The court fined Gascoigne and ordered him to pay £1,000 in compensation. Fiona Cuming rounds up five employment law cases involving racism in the workplace.

  • Policies and documents tool: further improvements to layout

    Date:
    22 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    A further 18 categories within our suite of model documents are now listed in the order in which HR professionals might use them. This follows on from the earlier redesign of 14 key areas, making it easier than ever to find the templates that you need among XpertHR's 1,000 model documents.

  • When dress codes and English language requirements discriminate

    Date:
    19 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    A strict requirement to speak only English at work or a ban on religious dress at work can lead to the risk of race or religious discrimination, explains Deborah Bulman of Burges Salmon LLP.

  • Race discrimination

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Kratzer v R+V Allgemeine Versicherung, in which the ECJ held that a person who applies for a job with the sole purpose of making an application for compensation for discrimination is not covered by EU discrimination law.

  • Sex discrimination

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on XC Trains Ltd v CD and others, in which the EAT considered whether or not the employer's requirement to work on Saturdays was justifiable indirect sex discrimination.

  • Sexual orientation discrimination

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on Kratzer v R+V Allgemeine Versicherung, in which the ECJ held that a person who applies for a job with the sole purpose of making an application for compensation for discrimination is not covered by EU discrimination law.