Direct discrimination

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  • Sex discrimination: Illegality would not preclude sex discrimination claim

    Date:
    15 November 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    An employment tribunal erred in finding that a contract of employment where payment was set at a level that did not interfere with the employee's receipt of state benefits was tainted by illegality preventing the employee from making a sex discrimination claim, holds the EAT in Chilton v HM Prison Service.

  • Sex discrimination: Failure to investigate sexual harassment complaint properly was discriminatory

    Date:
    1 September 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    In Coyne v The Home Office, the EAT upholds the decision of an employment tribunal that an employer's failure to carry out a proper investigation into an employee's complaint of sexual harassment was unlawful discrimination on the grounds of sex.

  • Attempt to boost women's representation unlawful

    Date:
    1 September 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    An attempt to recruit a woman to a temporary post in an all-male section by excluding applications from men was unlawful discrimination, holds a Bedford employment tribunal (Chair: J M Wheeldon) in Jones v Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police.

  • Sex discrimination: Denial of full pay to suspended pregnant seafarer was directly discriminatory

    Date:
    1 August 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    A pregnant employee of a ferry company, who was suspended from working on board ship in accordance with Regulations precluding those with specified medical conditions, including pregnancy, from working at sea, suffered direct sex discrimination when she did not receive full pay during the period of her suspension, holds the EAT in P&O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd and another v Iverson.

  • Race and sex discrimination: Good intentions behind discriminatory remark could be relevant to remedies

    Date:
    1 June 1999
    Type:
    Law reports

    The good intentions behind a senior police officer's suggestion to a white police sergeant that his brief sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female trainee of Asian origin could have jeopardised police relations with the Asian community were not relevant to the question of whether or not the sergeant had suffered unlawful race and sex discrimination, but could be pertinent to the issue of remedy, holds the EAT in Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police and another v Hope.

  • Sex discrimination: Unlawful positive discrimination by ACAS

    Date:
    1 June 1998
    Type:
    Law reports

    In ACAS v Taylor, the EAT upholds an industrial tribunal's decision that ACAS applied a policy of positive discrimination in favour of female employees applying for promotion to senior executive officer grade, and that a male applicant for promotion suffered unlawful sex discrimination as a result.

  • Sex discrimination: Cross-examination on employee's finances refused

    Date:
    15 May 1998
    Type:
    Law reports

    An industrial tribunal was entitled to refuse to allow lengthy cross-examination of an employee, who had complained of indirect sex discrimination, on the subject of her family's financial outgoings, holds the EAT in Zurich Insurance Co v Gulson.

  • Sex discrimination: "Genuine occupational qualification" defence upheld

    Date:
    1 July 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    The sex discrimination complaint of a man who, when he applied for employment at a women's health club was told that only female staff would be employed, was not well-founded, holds the EAT in Lasertop Ltd v Webster.

  • Sex discrimination: Request to work part time sets time limit running

    Date:
    15 January 1997
    Type:
    Law reports

    A woman who asked her employer if she could change from full-time to part-time work when she returned from maternity leave was time-barred from complaining that the refusal of this request was discriminatory on the ground of her sex, because the three-month period for presenting her complaint started to run from the first refusal before she went on maternity leave, holds the EAT in Cast v Croydon College.

  • Sex discrimination: Refusal of jobshare was not direct discrimination

    Date:
    1 November 1996
    Type:
    Law reports

    In British Telecommunications plc v Roberts and Longstaffe, the EAT holds that a request to jobshare after maternity leave is not covered by the special protection accorded to women during pregnancy and maternity leave.

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