British Gas's initiatives to promote engineering as a suitable career for women and ethnic minorities are paying off, and the diversity of its workforce is gradually improving, particularly among its new apprentice recruits. We look at the steps it has been taking since launching the programmes in 2003.
Tina McKevitt, lecturer in employment law at University of Sheffield, provides a round-up of employment tribunal decisions on discrimination.
In Qureshi v London Borough of Newham (6 March 1991) EOR38F, the Court of Appeal rules that an inference of discrimination cannot be drawn merely on the basis of a failure to apply an equal opportunities policy.
In R v London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham ex parte NALGO and others (7 March 1991) EOR37E the High Court suggests that if a public authority proposes to embark upon an employment or redeployment policy which is in breach of the Sex Discrimination or Race Relations Acts, public law remedies should be available to the unions and employees affected.
In R v London Borough of Lewisham ex parte Shell UK Ltd (21.12.87) EOR18B, the Divisional Court rules that the council's decision to boycott all Shell products because of the Shell Group's interests in South Africa was unlawful, notwithstanding that the council attempted to justify the decision on the basis of its duty under s.71 of the Race Relations Act 1976 to "promote good relations between persons of different racial groups" in the borough.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to workplace policy and practice on race.