Gender equality: More flexible working, less unconscious bias training – Legal Futures

Posted March 10th, 2022 in equality, legal profession, news, reports, women by tracey

‘The legal profession is “making progress” towards more equitable gender representation at a senior level, but there is plenty of scope for improvement, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 10th March 2022

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Catholic church bans visit by gay author to London school – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2022 in Christianity, education, equality, homosexuality, news by tracey

‘The Catholic church has banned a visit to a London school by a gay author and removed a number of governors who supported the event, in a move that has drawn comparisons to the notorious 1980s section 28 ban on “promoting homosexuality”.’

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The Guardian, 9th March 2022

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MPs slate Ministry of Justice over Crown Court backlog and judges – Legal Futures

‘MPs today slated the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) “meagre ambition” to reduce the Crown Court case backlog and warned that efforts to recruit judges will ignore the need to improve diversity.’

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Legal Futures, 9th March 2022

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Firm to pay £26,500 to worker sacked for not coming in on Jewish holiday – Law Society’s Gazette

‘An employment tribunal has ordered that a firm pay around £26,500 to a Jewish employee sacked after he did not come to work on Passover.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th March 2022

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Equal pay litigation in retail – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 3rd, 2022 in employment tribunals, equal pay, equality, news, women by sally

‘It was back in the 1970s when equal pay legislation was introduced, and it is 12 years since the regulations were rebranded within the Equality Act 2010. So how far have we come in the quest for equal pay? If you are a female store-based supermarket worker, not far, it would seem.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th February 2022

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DWP faces legal action over use of algorithm in decisions over fraud investigations – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) and non-profit legal group Foxglove have sent the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) a letter before action over its use of a computer algorithm when deciding on who should be investigated for fraud.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd February 2022

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TikTok Has Banned Misgendering And Deadnaming – Each Other

Posted February 23rd, 2022 in equality, gender, human rights, internet, names, news, transgender persons by sally

‘TikTok has announced that it has updated its community guidelines to protect human rights by banning misgendering and deadnaming – referring to someone by a previous name.’

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Each Other, 22nd February 2022

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Court of Appeal refuses permission to judicially review infected blood compensation scheme – UK Human Rights Blog

‘CN v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2022] EWCA Civ 86. In a judgment handed down on 4 February 2022, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal for permission to apply for judicial review concerning the lawfulness of the England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS) (the “Scheme”). The Court of Appeal concluded that the Scheme’s exclusion of those infected with hepatitis B was not discriminatory. In any event, the Secretary of State’s justification for who was to be compensated under the ex gratia Scheme was to be given a wide margin of appreciation by the courts.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st February 2022

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Breathing life into statistics: stories of racism within the criminal justice system – OUP Blog

‘You don’t need to look far to see how recent events have put the issue of racial inequality in the criminal justice system front and centre. The Black Lives Matter movement has brought the issue of institutional racism to the forefront of the public’s consciousness, kickstarting conversations and spurring communities into action to confront this inequality head on. This shift must be reflected in educational resources, and many textbooks in the field of criminology will be updated with statistics, news clippings, and quotes from prominent figures charged with reform in this area.’

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OUP Blog, 21st February 2022

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A question of standing – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This was an interesting ruling on the matter of standing, something that has fallen rather by the wayside since it formed the subject of much satellite litigation in the 1990s. In essence, the Court ruled that the GLP had no standing to bring this claim. Despite its articles of association, whose purposes include the provision of sound administration and equality, democracy, high standards in public administration, access to justice, preservation of the environment or “any other philanthropic or benevolent purpose ancillary”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th February 2022

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UK wildlife campaigners call for legal right to access nature for all – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2022 in environmental health, equality, health, local government, news, planning, statistics by sally

‘Everyone in the UK should be legally entitled to equal access to nature, wildlife campaigners will tell the government.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2022

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Barristers plan ground-breaking transparency over income and caseloads – Legal Futures

Posted February 16th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration by sally

‘One of the country’s largest chambers is planning to be the first to publish details of barristers’ incomes and caseloads, which would enable comparisons to be made based on gender and ethnicity.’

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Legal Futures, 16th February 2022

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Making Misogyny A Hate Crime Is Long Overdue – Each Other

Posted February 14th, 2022 in equality, hate crime, human rights, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Misogyny – the hatred of, aversion to, or prejudice against women – is becoming ever more common within our society, yet little is being done to tackle it effectively.’

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Each Other, 11th February 2022

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BSB report: Female barristers continue to earn less than male barristers, and barristers from ethnic minority backgrounds continue to earn less than White barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 11th, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, fees, news, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report updating its analysis of data on barristers’ income by gender and ethnicity. This builds on previous research by the BSB published in 2020 and research into incomes undertaken by the Bar Council in September 2021 by considering a wider range of factors liked to income (such as seniority and location) as well as comparing pre and post pandemic income levels.’

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Bar Standards Board, 7th February 2022

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Sex Worker Wins Anonymity In Landmark Case – Each Other

Posted February 4th, 2022 in anonymity, banking, employment, equality, human rights, news, privacy, prostitution by sally

‘A member of United Sex Workers (USW), the union for sex workers, has been granted anonymity in her case against SumUp, a major card-payment machines provider. This is a significant win in a landmark case challenging financial discrimination against sex workers.’

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Each Other, 4th February 2022

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Diversity at the Bar improved again in 2021 but women and people from ethnic minorities are still underrepresented as QCs, says BSB report – Bar Standards Board

Posted January 31st, 2022 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, queen's counsel, statistics, women by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on Diversity at the Bar. The report shows that the profession became increasingly diverse in 2021 and that a greater proportion of barristers disclosed their demographic data.’

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Bar Standards Board, 28th January 2022

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Women’s groups seek end to UK courts’ powers to jail people for own protection – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2022 in criminal justice, equality, imprisonment, Ministry of Justice, news, racism, women by tracey

‘A coalition of women’s rights organisations has called on the UK government to abolish a law that gives courts the power to send people to prison for their own protection, as part of a 10-point plan to tackle inequalities in the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 31st January 2022

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Research briefing: LGBT+ rights and issues in the Caribbean – House of Commons Library

‘This briefing focuses on LGBT+ rights and issues in seven Caribbean states: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and St Lucia.’

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House of Commons Library , 27th January 2022

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Reforms to protect disabled and LGBT+ victims, criminalise extremist misogynist ‘incel’ hate material, and safeguard free speech – Family Law

‘The Law Commission has announced recommendations to reform hate crime legislation to ensure that disabled and LGBT+ victims receive the same protections as victims with other protected characteristics (race and religion). If enacted, the reforms would ensure all five characteristics are protected equally by the law.’

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Family Law, 27th January 2022

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Great Ormond Street Hospital cleaners take legal action after ‘being paid less than white colleagues’ – The Independent

‘Dozens of ethnic minority cleaners are taking legal action against a world-leading children’s hospital having accused the organisation of denying them NHS contracts that would offer a higher wage as well as benefits such as overtime, sick pay, holiday pay and access to the NHS pension scheme.’

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The Independent, 27th January 2022

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