Councils Appeal High Court Ruling On Traveller Ban – Rights Info

‘The Court of Appeal has heard a landmark case which could have wide-ranging implications on whether local authorities can use injunctions to place a blanket ban on Travellers camping on public land.’

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Rights Info, 4th December 2019

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Third party harassment – 3PB

Posted December 4th, 2019 in employment tribunals, harassment, news, race discrimination, third parties by sally

‘The Respondent (“R”) provides mental health services including a secure, residential unit for men who are the subject of a treatment order under s3 Mental Health Act 1987.’

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3PB, 4th November 2019

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Soldier wins racism claim against British Army after superiors confused him with only other black sergeant in unit – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 4th, 2019 in armed forces, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘A soldier has won a racism claim against the Ministry of Defence after being confused with the only other black sergeant in the unit.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2019

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Targeting of Supt Robyn Williams ‘example of Met institutional racism’ – The Guardian

‘The pursuit of a senior officer under paedophile laws when she is not a sex offender is discriminatory and an example of institutional racism still poisoning the police force, the Black Police Association has claimed.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2019

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Boxer’s banker fails in negligence claim against lawyers – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor, his law firm and the barrister they instructed have been granted summary judgment on a negligence claim brought against them by a banker fired for his work with boxer David Haye.’

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Legal Futures, 18th November 2019

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Police may have used ‘dangerous’ facial recognition unlawfully in UK, watchdog says – The Independent

‘Facial recognition technology may have been used unlawfully by police, a watchdog has warned while calling for urgent government regulation.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2019

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AI system for granting UK visas is biased, rights groups claim – The Guardian

‘Immigrant rights campaigners have begun a ground-breaking legal case to establish how a Home Office algorithm that filters UK visa applications actually works.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2019

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Hate crimes double in five years in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘The number of hate crimes reported to police has more than doubled since 2013, according to government figures, which also showed a large increase last year in offences against people based on sexual orientation.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2019

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Firm advertises for black solicitor apprentices – Legal Futures

Posted September 23rd, 2019 in diversity, equality, law firms, news, race discrimination, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Well-known law firm Leigh Day has hit back at criticism from “trolls” after it advertised solicitor apprenticeships for six black students of Afro-Caribbean or African heritage.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2019

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Facial Recognition Technology: High Court gives judgment – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police and Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin). The High Court has dismissed an application for judicial review regarding the use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology (AFR) and its implications for privacy rights and data protection.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th September 2019

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Paratroopers win Colchester barracks racial harassment claim – BBC News

Posted September 17th, 2019 in armed forces, employment tribunals, equality, harassment, news, race discrimination, racism by tracey

‘Two former British army soldiers have won a racial discrimination claim against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).’

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BBC News, 16th September 2019

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Peter Herbert becomes first judge to sue MoJ over race discrimination – The Guardian

‘A prominent judge has told an employment tribunal that race discrimination is a “significant problem” in the judiciary that it is causing “deep distress” to black and minority ethnic lawyers. Peter Herbert, the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers who sits as a crown court recorder and an immigration judge, is suing the Ministry of Justice for race discrimination after he was disciplined for a speech he gave in 2015.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2019

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Public sector to launch ‘mass legal battle’ over pension reforms – The Guardian

‘Mass legal claims on behalf of teachers and doctors alleging that changes to their pensions in 2015 were discriminatory are being launched against the government.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2019

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Complaints by female and BAME military staff a ‘serious concern’ – BBC News

‘A “disproportionate” number of female and ethnic minority personnel in the armed forces file internal complaints, MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 7th August 2019

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Illegal workers retain employee rights, court confirms – OUT-LAW.com

‘Organisations can be held liable for breaching employment contracts even if their employees have been working in the country illegally, according to the Court of Appeal in London.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd August 2019

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Neo-Nazi Daniel Ward who called for race war jailed – BBC News

A “fanatical” neo-Nazi who called for a race war has been jailed for three years for belonging to the banned far-right group National Action.

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BBC News, 19th July 2019

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‘White middle-aged men’ leading armed forces blamed for bullying culture in new report – The Independent

‘Servicemen and women are facing “unacceptable” levels of inappropriate behaviour in part due to the “pack mentality of white middle-aged men” commanding the armed forces, a report says. A “significant number” of military personnel have experienced “bullying, discrimination and harassment, including sexual”, according to the research commissioned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).’

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The Independent, 16th July 2019

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Armed forces: Sexual offence claims ‘not properly recorded’ – BBC News

‘At least 60 sexual offence allegations investigated by military service police in two years were not reported in official figures, the BBC has found. Figures for 2017 and 2018 did not include alleged offences such as sexual communications with children and stalking involving fear of violence.’

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BBC news, 16th July 2019

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Stop and search is discriminatory, so why is it on the rise? – The Guardian

‘The first stop and search Jamal ever experienced was when he was 11 years old. Now, at 24, he has been stopped numerous times. Most recently, a stop became aggressive and he was hit in the face with handcuffs, but was charged and convicted with assaulting an officer. There is little evidence stop and search works in combating violent crime, but critics say it disproportionately targets young black men.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2019

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Costs award overturned after judge read ‘without prejudice’ letters – Litigation Futures

‘A judge was wrong to make a costs order after viewing ‘without prejudice’ material relating to settlement discussions that was not marked “save as to costs”, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 9th July 2019

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