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  • When a postcard is seen as a case of racial bias

    Date:
    2 October 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    A discrimination ruling against an employer stresses the importance of communicating equal opportunity policies.

  • Race discrimination: Sending postcard to workplace amounted to racial harassment

    Date:
    15 July 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Chief Constable of the Kent Constabulary v Kufeji, the EAT upholds an employment tribunal's conclusion that a white South African police officer racially harassed a black colleague of Nigerian origin by sending him and other, white, colleagues a postcard while on holiday in South Africa.

  • Race discrimination: Failure to prevent or minimise racial harassment was discriminatory

    Date:
    1 March 2000
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Bennett v Essex County Council and others, the EAT holds that the relevant authorities failed to take all reasonable steps to prevent a black schoolteacher being subjected to racial harassment by pupils.

  • Race discrimination: "You lot" remark made to Rastafarian was racially offensive

    Date:
    1 March 2000
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employment tribunal was entitled to find that a derogatory remark was made to a black, Rastafarian contract worker by a white security officer employed by the principal, and that the expression "you lot" that he used referred specifically to the contract worker's race, holds the EAT in Tesco Stores Ltd and another v Wilson.

  • Race discrimination: Damages for personal injury may be awarded under Race Relations Act

    Date:
    15 September 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    Employment tribunals have jurisdiction to award compensation for the statutory tort of unlawful racial discrimination under the Race Relations Act, including damages for physical or psychiatric injury caused by the tort, holds the Court of Appeal in Sheriff v Klyne Tugs (Lowestoft) Ltd.

  • Race discrimination: Decision to ignore racial motive for attack amounted to direct race discrimination

    Date:
    15 June 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employment tribunal, properly directing itself, would be bound to conclude that an employer's deliberate decision to disregard the fact that an attack on one employee by another was racially motivated amounted in itself to direct race discrimination, without the need for the employee to show that a person from a different racial group would have been treated differently, holds the EAT in Sidhu v Aerospace Composite Technology Ltd.

  • Race discrimination: Relationship to ethnic minority not proof of general absence of prejudice

    Date:
    15 April 1998
    Type:
    Law reports

    An industrial tribunal was wrong to give any weight to the fact that the respondents were related by marriage to members of particular races or ethnic groups in determining that it was unlikely that they would have indulged in the racist abuse of a work colleague from a different race or ethnic group, holds the EAT in Robson v Commissioners of Inland Revenue and others.

  • Race discrimination: £21,000 award for injury to feelings upheld

    Date:
    15 April 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    In HM Prison Service and others v Johnson, the EAT upholds an award of £21,000 for injury to feelings made by an industrial tribunal to a black prison officer who was subjected to a prolonged campaign of racial harassment and discrimination.

  • Noone not followed

    Date:
    1 March 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    An award of £21,000 compensation for injury to feelings and a further £7,500 aggravated damages to a prison officer who was subjected to a campaign of racial harassment and discrimination has been upheld by the EAT on appeal in (1) Armitage, (2) Marsden and (3) HM Prison Service v Johnson.

  • Tower Boot reversed

    Date:
    1 January 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Jones v Tower Boot Co Ltd (11 December 1996) EOR71A, the Court of Appeal overrules the EAT and reinterprets the test for an employer's vicarious liability for an employee's discriminatory act. "Course of employment" is to be given an everyday, rather than a tort law, meaning.

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