Should you ever sue your boss for discrimination? – Daily Telegraph

‘Former police officer Carol Howard has won £37,000 from the Met, after two years fighting her case against racial and gender discrimination. A victory, yes, but hard won. So is it ever worth suing your boss? Radhika Sanghani asks the legal experts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2014

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Proving and Disproving Discrimination – Cloisters

‘This talk looks at the legal and practical tools available to employment lawyers to prove or disprove direct discrimination and harassment, exploring in particular three areas:
How judges apply the burden of proof s136(2)(3) EA 2010.
What is the role of Comparators in light of the Supreme Court decision of Hewage v Grampian Health Board [2012] ICR 1054, SC.
What role does knowledge of the protected characteristic now play in light of IPC Media Ltd v Millar [2013] IRLR 707.’

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Cloisters, 29th August 2014

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Met discriminated against black female police officer, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard subjected a black female officer to “vindictive … spiteful … insulting, malicious and oppressive” treatment and greeted her victory against the force in a discrimination case by trying to smear her name, a tribunal has found.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2014

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EAT: employee who might be dismissed for gross misconduct may still be entitled to claim constructive dismissal – OUT-LAW.com

‘An employee is not prevented from resigning and bringing a constructive dismissal claim against a former employer by the fact that the employer may have been preparing a gross misconduct case against him, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th August 2014

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Timing of a TUPE transfer determined by facts, not wishes or intentions of parties, says EAT – OUT-LAW.com

‘The point at which the new employer becomes responsible for the workers who have been transferred under TUPE rules is a question of fact, not the wishes or intentions of the parties, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd August 2014

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Additional travel time for transferred workers was not “substantial change” to their “material detriment” – OUT-LAW.com

‘A change in the working location of somebody who has changed employer through TUPE will only be grounds for a constructive dismissal claim if that change is “substantial” and causes “material detriment” to the worker.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th August 2014

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IG Index Ltd v Cloete – WLR Daily

IG Index Ltd v Cloete [2014] EWCA Civ 1128; [2014] WLR (D) 360

‘CPR r 31.22 applied to restrict the use of documents disclosed pursuant to the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2004 and, their replacement, the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013.’

WLR Daily, 31st July 2014

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Solicitor was ‘employee’ and not partner, High Court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A solicitor has won a High Court battle to prove he was an employee and not a partner at a firm subject to legal action.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st August 2014

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Employment tribunal cases drop significantly, but claims that go forward tend to be more expensive, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 1st, 2014 in employment tribunals, fees, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of claims referred to employment tribunals may have dropped by as much as 79% in the year since fees were introduced, according to figures produced for the Trade Unions Congress (TUC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st July 2014

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Black female officer discriminated against by Met Police, tribunal finds – Daily Telegraph

‘Britain’s biggest force faces a large compensation claim as a tribunal rules Carol Howard was treated unfairly because of her sex and race.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2014

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Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd (t/a Gullivers Travel Associates) – WLR Daily

Agbenowossi-Koffi v Donvand Ltd (t/a Gullivers Travel Associates): [2014] EWCA Civ 855; [2014] WLR (D) 282

‘Where a claim of race discrimination had been dismissed on limitation grounds those allegations could not be repeated in a second claim together with additional allegations which could have been included in the first claim but had not been, in order to avoid the limitation defence by founding a claim based on conduct extending over a period of time. The second claim was an abuse of process.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2014

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Dreadlock holiday pay – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 26th, 2014 in EC law, employment tribunals, holiday pay, news, remuneration, working time by sally

’10cc were a great band – from a decade of great bands of course – “Dreadlock holiday” an iconic track and I don’t like cricket, no no, I love it. So what a joy to be able to reference this title to a very significant employment case reported last week. How come? Well the pun starts here: (1) the case is Lock v British Gas Trading Limited (2) it is all about holiday pay and (3) employers will dread its implications.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 10th June 2014

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Burrell v Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd – WLR Daily

Posted June 5th, 2014 in appeals, employment tribunals, jurisdiction, law reports by sally

Burrell v Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 716; [2014] WLR (D) 241

‘The Employment Appeal Tribunal could contain the application of the conventional approach to remittal in a number of ways, namely by (i) being robust when applying that approach, (ii) encouraging parties to consent to the Appeal Tribunal disposing of the case itself and (iii) limiting the scope of any remittal made.’

WLR Daily, 23rd May 2014

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Court of Appeal: EAT’s role is not to rule on employment cases on their merits – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 5th, 2014 in appeals, employment tribunals, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘The role of the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) is generally limited to ruling on the lawfulness of an employment tribunal’s decisions rather than making its own assessment of a case, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 4th June 2014

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Bone v North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – WLR Daily

Posted May 22nd, 2014 in appeals, employment tribunals, jurisdiction, law reports, trade unions by sally

Bone v North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 652; [2014] WLR (D) 214

‘It was not necessary in a claim for detriment under section 146(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 for the independence of the relevant trade union to be established in order for an employment tribunal to have jurisdiction.’

WLR Daily, 15th May 2014

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Requirement to work in different location not pre-2014 TUPE “workforce” change, says EAT – OUT-LAW.com

‘Employees who were required to work in a different location after their work was outsourced were not exempted from legal protections aimed at such workers under pre-2014 rules, the UK’s employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st May 2014

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Discrimination and political membership – should we revisit Redfearn? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Under Art 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950, freedom of association is protected. In Redfearn v UK it was held that the UK government had violated Mr Redfearn’s Art 11 right as the UK had not taken reasonable measures to protect employees such as him from dismissal on grounds of political affiliation. The government’s response, although following a suggestion of the court, could mean that the wider issues in Redfearn may yet have to be visited again.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th May 2014

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Jafri v Lincoln College – WLR Daily

Posted May 1st, 2014 in appeals, employment, employment tribunals, law reports by sally

Jafri v Lincoln College [2014] EWCA Civ 449; [2014] WLR (D) 178

‘When the Employment Appeal Tribunal detected a legal error by an employment tribunal, it had to remit the case unless it was able, without itself making any factual assessment or judgment as to the merits, either to conclude that the error could not have affected the result, or to conclude what different result there must have been without the error.’

WLR Daily, 16th April 2014

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EAT not usually entitled to resolve factual disagreements in UK employment cases, Court of Appeal rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 25th, 2014 in appeals, employment tribunals, news by sally

‘The UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will not normally be able to resolve factual disagreements between parties involved in an employment dispute without parties’ permission, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th April 2014

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Male employees sue university for alleged sexual discrimination, claiming unequal pay to women – The Independent

’26 men are suing a Welsh university over allegations that they have been victims of sexual discrimination in the work place and received unequal pay to their female counterparts.’

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The Independent, 18th April 2014

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