Discrimination Law

UK law blog posts regarding discrimination law under UK employment law.

Tribunal rules that ‘injury to feelings’ settlement sum is taxable

November 30, 2016

In Moorthy v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, The Upper Tax Tribunal recently considered whether a settlement sum paid to Mr Moorthy as compensation for injury to feelings in an age discrimination claim was to be treated as employment income, and whether it was therefore chargeable to income tax under the Income […]

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Ghost or Ghoul? Discrimination in the Workplace at Halloween

October 30, 2016

It was a dark, dark night and employees all over the country were preparing to celebrate….Halloween is becoming increasingly popular every year and many workplaces have begun to join in the holiday festivities. However, what they may not have considered is how All Hallows’ Eve may bring up some scary employment issues, especially those relating […]

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Indirect Discrimination & the Chez Razpredelenie Bulgaria ruling – Why those “suffering alongside” Minority Groups Could Make a Claim Against their Employer

August 27, 2016

In the recent case of Chez Razpredelenie Bulgaria, the ECJ extended indirect discrimination claims to include those who are not actually part of a disadvantaged group, but suffer the effects of the discriminatory policy nonetheless. This ruling will allow claims to be brought by those who “suffer alongside” the affected group. But will this have […]

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The Most Common Types of Discrimination Lawsuits in the U.S.

February 5, 2014

Discrimination lawsuits are among the most common types of lawsuits in the United States. Within the realm of discrimination, court cases most typically revolve around race and/or national origin discrimination, sex-based discrimination, and religious discrimination. Here’s a look through history at some of the most prominent discrimination cases in each of the three categories. Race […]

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Lesbian employees wins £7,500 compensation after being discriminated against at work

December 2, 2013

A lesbian employee has successfully sued for sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace after her boss plied her with pornography in the course of employment. Ms Coleen Rowntree worked for Knauf UK as a forklift truck driver from 2008 until she resigned from her job in 2011. After resigning she subsequently made an employment tribunal […]

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Nelson v. Knight and the Perils of Being Friendly with Your Boss

September 2, 2013

(US Employment Law) If you work for a company for over ten years, you’re bound to become pretty close with your boss, right?  Well, a recent decision from the Supreme Court of Iowa shows why, if you’re a member of the opposite sex, you might be better off maintaining a healthy boundary between your personal […]

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Where, When, and Why Employers Discriminate

August 28, 2013

(US Employment Law) Employers have been discriminating against employees ever since the first office formed and maybe even before that in the hiring process. Although there are many local, state, and federal rules in place to prevent employers from discriminating against employees, they don’t always work, as the case law shows. Time and time again […]

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Waitresses Can Be Fired For Gaining Weight: The Borgata Babes Case

August 25, 2013

Imagine this.  Your employer requires you to regularly “weigh-in” to record your how much you weigh compared to your weight at the time you were hired.  At one such weigh-in your employer discovers that you gained a few pounds.  Those few pounds amount to more than 7% of your weight at the time you were […]

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Handling retirement and avoiding allegations of direct age discrimination

May 12, 2013

Aged 71, Sir Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement as Manchester United FC’s manager. Today, he watched the Team win at the Theatre of Dreams and lifted the Premier League trophy before he bows out on his 26 year tenure at the Club, next week. Sir Alex’s decision to retire was consensual but rewind a […]

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Which Age Group Suffers Most From Ageism?

April 23, 2013

(Guest post regarding the age groups which suffer most from ageism). When we think of ageism, often the seemingly harmless jokes about the diminishing faculties of the elderly or the recklessness of inexperienced youth are what come to mind. With the rising tension of an uncertain unemployment climate, ageism is becoming increasingly noticeable in the […]

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