Legal News

Diana Kloss looks at discrimination based on a fear that a job applicant may develop a disability in the future, in the light of Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey. Cuts in public expenditure have led to a substantial reduction in the numbers of police officers. As a result, police forces are reluctant to appoint... Read more »
A woman dismissed after an incident at work which arose from effects of the menopause has won a claim for disability discrimination. The woman is a Court Officer. She had severe symptoms from the menopause, and her employer agreed various adjustments to her work. It conceded she had a disability. She was dismissed because of... Read more »
The EAT upheld the tribunal’s right to decide whether there was dishonesty in deciding if a claimant with dissociative amnesia had a ‘tendency to steal’. A ‘tendency to steal’ is excluded from being a disability under Equality Act 2010. In Wood v Durham County Council (bailii.org) it seems to have been accepted that this would... Read more »
On the facts of the case, a tribunal was entitled to find it was not EqA harassment to call a colleague a ‘fat ginger pikey’. A sales rep claimed disability (and racial) harassment contrary to the Equality Act for having been called a ‘fat ginger pikey’ and various other things at work. The office culture... Read more »
The claimant saw her current workplace as having caused her mental health condition, and felt unable to return there. The reasonable adjustment duty was held to apply. The claimant was a Professor at a School of Engineering. She felt she was subject to sex discrimination, and was absent from January 2010 with work-related stress and... Read more »
On a claim under s.15 Equality Act, the disability-related reason need not be the only, or even the main, reason for the unfavourable treatment. A nurse with knee arthritis was applying for a new job. Her prospective employer got references from two previous employers. One reference raised doubts about her general capabilities. The other reference... Read more »
The Court of Appeal held that in deciding whether a non-UK employee could bring a British employment claim, the fact his contract was governed by English law was relevant as one factor to be considered. In Green v SIG Trading (www.bailii.org) the claimant had lived in the Middle East for over 15 years, and was... Read more »