Tag Archives: race discrimination

UK: Legislation – consultations on caste discrimination, electronic balloting and reforming the tribunal system

On 28 March the Government Equality Office published its long-awaited consultation on caste discrimination, announced back in September 2016. The consultation will run until 18 July 2017 and seeks views on whether preventing caste discrimination is best done by legislation … Continue reading

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UK: New publications on disability, apprenticeship, e-cigarettes, and racist abuse

The following new employment law-related resources have been published: DWP updated guidance on employing disabled people, including information on the new Disability Confident symbol new DfE guidance on the revised apprenticeship system advice on from Public Health England e-cigarettes and … Continue reading

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UK: No race discrimination claim where vulnerable migrant workers abused due to immigration status

The Supreme Court in Taiwo v Olaigbe and Onu v Akwiwu has ruled that less favourable treatment due to a vulnerable immigration status was not direct race discrimination;  immigration status is not expressly a protected characteristic and cannot be equated … Continue reading

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UK: Race discrimination – care needed over instructions on language to be used in the workplace

The recent EAT ruling in Kelly v Covance Laboratories serves as a reminder of the discrimination risks inherent in prohibiting employees from speaking in their native (non-English) language. In this case, the employee's claim that an instruction not to use … Continue reading

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UK: Race discrimination – ‘race’ may encompass caste

The EAT has confirmed that, although the Equality Act does not yet expressly include caste as a protected characteristic, it is included within the meaning of 'ethnic origins', at least where it is linked to concepts of ethnicity, and is … Continue reading

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Hong Kong: British employment law rights extended to employees based outside of Great Britain

The English Court of Appeal has held that Hong-Kong based cabin crew who served on flights between Hong Kong and London can bring age and race discrimination claims in England under English law (British Airways plc v Eliza Mak (2010))

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