Georgina Kyriacou and David Malamentenios are partners and Sandra Martins, Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
This unusual case against the Metropolitan Police involves direct discrimination against a dog handler who was required to return a police dog during maternity leave, which damaged her career progression and denied her opportunities for overtime.
This is a rare example, along with Crisp v Iceland Foods Ltd ET/1604478/11 & ET/1600000/12, of an employment tribunal making wide-ranging recommendations to an employer, in this case suggesting that it provide training for its managers and HR team on maternity rights.
The tribunal's reference to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in this case could result in women who have a child through a surrogate mother being entitled to the same employment protection under EU law as conventional mothers.
An unfortunate situation arose for this small employer when a recruitment consultant was made redundant after she had informed it, just two weeks into her new job, that she was pregnant. She claimed sex discrimination and unfair dismissal after seeing an advert shortly after her redundancy stating that the company was seeking recruitment consultants.
This case is an example of an employer that needed to deal with the extremely difficult issue of having a disciplinary matter pending against a member of staff on maternity leave.
Practical guidance on dealing with an employee who is undergoing IVF treatment, including protection from discrimination during fertility treatment and time off for antenatal care.
In this case, the industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland ordered a care worker's former employer to pay her £9,500 for sex discrimination after it failed to provide her with a reference.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pregnancy and maternity discrimination.