“Not just banter” – secretary wins sexual harassment claim against law firm – Legal Futures

‘A legal secretary has won her claim of sexual harassment against a law firm whose owner was jokingly described by a colleague as a “sexual predator”.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2024

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Different treatment for other boroughs – discriminatory policy – Nearly Legal

‘AK, R (On the Application Of) v Westminster City Council (2024) EWHC 769 (Admin). This was a judicial review of Westminster’s Allocation policy as it applied to ‘reciprocal transfers’ between another borough and Westminster.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd June 2024

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Hull hospital doctor struck off for ‘sexual harassment’ – BBC News

‘A doctor who inappropriately touched two junior female colleagues has been struck off the medical register.’

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BBC News, 28th May 2024

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The new law on sexual harassment in the workplace – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 29th, 2024 in employment, equality, harassment, local government, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘The Government has recently passed new legislation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 is due to come into force on 26 October 2024. Nicole Natur takes a closer look at the Act and how it will impact employers, as well as the steps that should be taken in order to prepare for the change.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th May 2024

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Schoolgirls treated differently to boys – Ofsted – BBC News

‘Girls at a Bradford primary school told Ofsted inspectors they are treated differently to boys during an inspection last September.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2024

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Martine Croxall, Annita McVeigh, Karin Giannone and Kasia Madera begin legal action against BBC – BBC News

Posted May 2nd, 2024 in age discrimination, BBC, equal pay, media, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘Four presenters have begun legal action against the BBC on grounds of sex and age discrimination and equal pay.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2024

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Bar earnings gap a “serious cultural and structural problem” – Legal Futures

‘The earnings gap between male and female barristers is not explained by caring responsibilities, choice of practice area, or amount of legally aided work”, new research by the Bar Council has found.’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2024

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High Court finds Local Authority’s housing policy to be discriminatory against women and girls escaping violence in successful judicial review challenge – Garden Court Chambers

‘The High Court has held that part of Westminster City Council’s Housing Allocation Scheme is unlawful, as it indirectly discriminates against women and girls who need to move borough to escape violence.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th April 2024

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High Court finds Westminster housing policy indirectly discriminatory towards women needing to move to escape violence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A claimant has won a judicial review challenge in the High Court over Westminster City Council’s decision to refuse to agree to her request for a “reciprocal transfer” into accommodation in its area.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th April 2024

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Yorkshire woman wins discrimination case after boss called her ‘emotional and tearful’ – The Guardian

‘Describing a pregnant woman as “very emotional and tearful” in the workplace amounted to discrimination, a tribunal has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2024

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Migrant Work, Gender and the Hostile Environment: A Human Rights Analysis – Industrial Law Journal

‘This article addresses work-related and gendered harms of the “hostile environment”, a set of measures implemented through the Immigration Acts of 2014 and 2016, which aims to make life in the UK impossible for irregular migrants. The hostile environment criminalises work without legal status, facilitates data sharing between public bodies and immigration enforcement, and restricts access services and benefits. The article examines factors that can make women susceptible to irregularity and exposure to hostile environment measures, and distinctive forms of gendered harm such as workplace sexual harassment. It argues that the detrimental impacts of the hostile environment contravene international and regional human rights obligations. Barring certain migrants from access to the labour market may violate the socio-economic right to work and/ or the right to private and family life, while a lack of access to legal remedy or labour inspection fuelled can violate migrants’ right to decent work and undermine protections against forced labour. The UK’s recent ratification of the Council of Europe’s “Istanbul Convention” and ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment at work signifies a renewed commitment to safeguarding women regardless of migration status, but the universalistic potential of these instruments is undermined by the hostile environment’s continued operation.’

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Industrial Law Journal, March 2024

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Black women at the Bar: challenges faced and a fairer future – Counsel

‘Bibi Badejo reports from a packed Inns of Court Women’s Alliance event examining the experiences of Black women barristers and imparting crucial advice for Black women navigating the legal profession.’

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Counsel, 19th February 2024

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Union reports MoD to watchdog over handling of sexual abuse allegations – The Guardian

‘The Ministry of Defence has been reported to the equalities watchdog after claims from female civil servants that it has failed adequately to address allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The union Prospect wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) asking for an investigation into whether the MoD was failing in its public sector equalities duty in relation to discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The EHRC will now have to decide whether to take action.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2024

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Police officer forced to strip down to her underwear wins £800,000 in discrimination case – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2024 in compensation, employment tribunals, harassment, news, police, sex discrimination by sally

‘A former firearms officer who was forced to strip down to her underwear during training has won over £800,000 in a sex discrimination case against West Midlands Police.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2024

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UK’s human-rights watchdog at risk of UN downgrade – The Guardian

‘Britain’s equality watchdog could lose its right to participate at the UN human rights council as a result of complaints about its independence and record on transgender rights.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2023

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Equal pay: recent challenges – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2023 in equal pay, local government, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘When it comes to job evaluation schemes and equal pay claims, where does the risk lie and what can be done to mitigate it? Sarah Lamont and Charlotte Rose explain.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th November 2023

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Sixty women at MoD complain of widespread ‘toxic’ and ‘hostile’ behaviour – The Guardian

‘Sixty senior women at the UK’s Ministry of Defence have described a “hostile” and “toxic” culture at the department in a letter that alleges sexual assault, harassment and abuse by male colleagues.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2023

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Rebecca Kalam: Officer ‘vindicated’ after sex discrimination win – BBC News

‘A firearms officer awarded £30,000 after she was stripped down to her underwear during a training exercise said she felt “vindicated” by the decision.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2023

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Men start earning more than women at the Bar from day one – Legal Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2023 in barristers, diversity, equality, news, remuneration, sex discrimination, statistics, women by sally

‘Earnings diverge between male and female barristers in every practice area from the start of their careers – when the differential is 17% – and peak at 11-15 years’ call, new research has found.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd November 2023

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Let’s talk menopause – what employers need to know – Mills & Reeve

Posted October 18th, 2023 in employment, equality, menopause, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Because we should, in 2023, all be comfortable talking openly about the menopause. Often seen as a private matter, or “a women’s issue”, menopause is still widely ignored in too many workplaces. It matters.’

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Mills & Reeve, 18th October 2023

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