Updated to include information on Michalak v General Medical Council and others, in which the Supreme Court held that the employment tribunal had jurisdiction to hear a discrimination claim against the General Medical Council.
David Malamatenios is a partner in the employment department at Colman Coyle Solicitors. He rounds up the latest rulings.
Helen Almond is professional support lawyer, Nigel Cousin and Victoria Davies managing associates and Iain Naylor and Andrew Nealey associates Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings.
The Supreme Court has held that the connection between an employee's immigration offences and the statutory civil wrong of discrimination is insufficiently close to prevent her from making a claim for pre-dismissal racial harassment.
This employment tribunal had the unusual task of considering whether or not a manager harassed a black pub worker when he told him that he "looked like a pimp" when he was wearing a promotional St Patrick's Day hat.
This successful race discrimination claim by an Irish worker is a prime example of why employers are unlikely to be able to argue in an employment tribunal that offensive comments about a protected characteristic were "just banter".
This Polish claimant was awarded £7,000 after being criticised by a colleague for speaking her native language in the workplace, in a good example of the language issues that can arise in a multinational workplace.
In this race discrimination case, the employment tribunal said that it could not interpret the Equality Act 2010 to cover caste discrimination when the claimant and alleged perpetrators are at different levels of the same caste.
With workplaces in the UK having an increasing variety of nationalities working together, this case is a good example of some of the problems that can occur when colleagues insist on communicating in their first language, to the possible exclusion of other workers who do not speak this language.
Georgina Kyriacou and David Malamatenios are partners and Sandra Martins, Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to race-related harassment.