Case update (1): Harassment at work

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Summary:  Is referring to a colleague as a “fat ginger pikey” harassment? No, not if the victim participated in similar banter, said the EAT in Evans v Xactly Corporation Limited, available here. Facts:   Mr Evans was a salesman of Xactly between January and December of 2016. Mr Evans suffers from type 1 diabetes and also…
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Blog: Disability – back to basics (Part 2)

Following on from my recent blog, I thought I would look at another aspect of disability discrimination law that makes it unique within the word of discrimination/equality law: the issue of whether the employer (or potential employer in a recruitment scenario) had knowledge of the person’s disability. It’s what you know Disability discrimination differs from…
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Blog: Disability – back to basics (part 1)

Almost every week I find myself advising employers on all sorts of aspects of discrimination law. Common scenarios include an employee, very early in their probation period, taking substantial leave from work with possible mental health issue.  Another is ‘what does a reasonable adjustment look like?’ in this or that situation.  In my experience, the…
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Case update (3): Disability discrimination – be careful with disciplinary action

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Summary:  Was an employer’s decision to issue a written warning to a disabled employee for taking 60 days’ sickness absence over a 12-month period discriminatory? Yes, as it was disproportionate, says the EAT in DL Insurance Services Ltd v O’Connor available here. Facts:  Mrs O’Connor, the employee, was disabled, which was accepted by her employer,…
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Case update (3): Disability discrimination – cause of misconduct

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Summary: Can a dismissal for misconduct be discriminatory even if the employer does not know that a disability has caused the misconduct? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in City of York Council v Grosset available here. Facts:  The employee, Mr Grosset was employed as a teacher. He had cystic fibrosis, which the parties agreed…
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Case update (2): Disability discrimination – long working hours

Summary:  Can an expectation that an employee work long hours amount to a provision, criterion or practice which requires reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee? Yes, says the Court of Appeal in United First Partners Research v Carreras available here. Background: an employer is obliged to make reasonable adjustments where there is a provision, criterion…
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Case update (3): Disability discrimination – are you in the know?

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Summary:  Does an employer have to take every possible step to establish whether an employee is disabled to avoid having constructive knowledge of disability? No, says the Court of Appeal in Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd available here. Facts:  The employer, Liberata, employed Ms Donelien for nearly 11 years as a court officer until it…
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Case update(1): Disability discrimination – careful what you perceive

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Summary:  Can an employer discriminate directly because of a perceived disability? Yes, says the EAT in Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, available here. Facts: Lisa Coffey was a police constable. Although she had some hearing loss which was marginally outside the range set for recruitment, she had passed a practical functionality test and was…
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Case update (1): Human rights and monitoring at work

What do we already know? We updated you in our January 2016 Newsletter Human rights and monitoring at work on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decision in Bărbulescu v Romania that an employee’s right to respect for private and family life was not breached if their employer monitored their personal communications at work…
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Case update (1): Disability discrimination – unfavourable advantageous treatment

Summary:  Was a disabled employee treated unfavourably (and therefore discriminated against) when his enhanced pension on ill-health retirement was based on the salary he earned when working part time due to his disability, rather than his full time salary? No, says the Court of Appeal in Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension &…
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