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, acting employment law managing editor
HR has a key role in preventing discrimination against transgender people. Jennie Kermode, author of a new book on transgender people in the workplace, gives six tips on making the workplace more inclusive.
Theresa May will challenge society to "explain or change" disparities in how people from different ethnic backgrounds are treated, as the Government publishes the results of a wide-ranging audit of public services.
Updated to include the Advocate General's opinion in Guisado v Bankia SA and others on the dismissal of pregnant workers in a collective redundancy situation.
Updated to include information on Trayhorn v Secretary of State for Justice, in which the EAT held that disciplinary action against a Christian employee for making homophobic comments was not religious discrimination.
Updated to reflect the average compensation awarded for age discrimination in 2016/17.
Updated to reflect the average compensation awarded for disability discrimination in 2016/17.
An employment tribunal has held that an employer committed direct sex discrimination when it rejected a female chef's request to do paid extra work at a private event organised by the head of sales, who said that it was an all-male event and that a male chef would be preferable.
An employment tribunal has held that an estate agent administrator who resigned after she was told that she would be "better suited to a traditional estate agency" was subjected to age discrimination.
In Peninsula Business Service Ltd v Baker  IRLR 394 EAT, the EAT held that, for a claim of harassment to succeed in a case involving the protected characteristic of disability, it is not enough for the alleged harassment to be "related to" disability in a general sense. The claimant must actually have a disability to bring the claim.
In O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy  IRLR 547 CA, the Court of Appeal held that the employer's decision to disregard new medical evidence and dismiss an employee on long-term sickness absence amounted to both discrimination arising from disability and unfair dismissal.
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