The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the employment tribunal was correct to reject a claim of race discrimination under the Race Relations Act 1976 (RRA) against an employer that failed to take action to prevent third-party harassment.
The industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland has awarded over £52,000 for sex and race discrimination after an employer ignored complaints from a Polish female worker that she was being subjected to serious sexual and racial harassment in the factory in which she worked.
A quiz for line managers to test their knowledge on the law and practice relating to bullying and harassment.
This case demonstrates how a one-off office joke can result in liability for discrimination.
The employment tribunal awarded an employee in a sales team over £2,000 for "banter" that spilt over into racial abuse.
This case is worth reading as an example of how an employer's failure to address a manager's unacceptable behaviour can lead to further claims from the employee.
This week's case of the week, provided by Thomas Eggar, covers liability for a discriminatory act by an agency worker.
Although many discrimination claims are successful, it is rare to find a tribunal as critical of the employer as the Northern Ireland industrial tribunal was in this case.
In Richmond Pharmacology Ltd v Dhaliwal  IRLR 336 EAT, the EAT held that the employment tribunal was entitled to find that it was reasonable for a female employee of Indian ethnic origin to be offended by what she perceived to be a stereotypical reference to the possibility of her being "married off in India". This violated her dignity and amounted to unlawful racial harassment.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to race-related harassment.