“No right” to judge women lawyers on appearance – Legal Futures

Posted November 27th, 2019 in barristers, equality, gender, legal profession, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘It is about time that men and women realise that they have “no right to judge a woman’s commitment to and ability to do her job based on her appearance”, a leading QC has declared.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2019

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“Bedroom tax” unlawful -Strasbourg Court – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 12th, 2019 in benefits, domestic violence, housing, human rights, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Much may have changed in the political world since the Coalition Government introduced its controversial ‘bedroom tax’, but the legal fall-out from the policy continues. The European Court of Human Rights has delivered its verdict on the compatibility of the scheme with the prohibition on discrimination set out in Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Strasbourg Court has found that the policy discriminated unlawfully against women at risk of domestic violence.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th November 2019

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European Court of Human Rights rules against the UK in ‘bedroom tax’ case – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted October 29th, 2019 in benefits, domestic violence, housing, human rights, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘Today [24 October] the European Court of Human Rights has ruled, in the case of A v the United Kingdom, that the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ unlawfully discriminates against vulnerable victims of domestic violence.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 24th October 2019

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Hallett urges ‘zero tolerance’ on sexual harassment – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A senior judge has called on all organisations to provide a mentor for employees affected by sexual harassment or discrimination. Lady Justice Hallett told an event celebrating women in the judiciary last night that many women who qualified in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s suffered sexual assault, discrimination and being patronised, but kept their heads down and hoped eventually their abilities would be recognised. They feared, “as some women today still fear”, they would be considered a trouble maker and their careers would suffer if they reported anyone.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th October 2019

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Sexual discrimination ‘still a real issue’ in City financial firms – The Guardian

Posted October 14th, 2019 in employment tribunals, harassment, news, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The recent tribunal case brought by banker Stacey Macken shows that sexual discrimination remains a problem in London’s financial district, despite the shockwaves from the #MeToo movement.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2019

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High Court rules delving into women’s pension pots is not discriminatory – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 9th, 2019 in age discrimination, equality, news, notification, pensions, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘In a judgment handed down on 3rd October, the High Court has ruled that successive statutes between 1995 and 2014, which legislated to equalise the state pension age between men and women were not discriminatory. The High Court also determined that it was not a matter for the courts to conclude whether the steps taken to inform those affected by the changes in the state pension age for women were inadequate or unreasonable.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th October 2019

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Tribunal rejects claims from ‘partner’ who sued as employee – Legal Futures

‘A former salaried partner, permitted by an employment tribunal earlier this year to sue her law firm as an employee, has lost all but one of her claims.’

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Legal Futures, 9th October 2019

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Women lose landmark High Court fight against pension changes that caused homelessness and destitution – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in age discrimination, equality, homelessness, news, pensions, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Women affected by controversial adjustments made to the state pension age, which campaigners say unlawfully discriminates against women born in the 1950s, have lost their landmark High Court battle against the government.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2019

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Barristers demand self-reporting waiver for harassment cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Barristers feel they cannot talk about workplace harassment and bullying because such discussions could trigger self-reporting obligations, the Association of Women Barristers (AWB) has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 2nd October 2019

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Bad behaviour by male barristers “still abounds” – Legal Futures

‘Inappropriate behaviour by male barristers in robing rooms and at Bar messes “still abounds”, the Association of Women Barristers (AWB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 1st October 2019

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First 100 Years podcast – An Evening in Conversation with Dame Janet Smith DBE and Dame Caroline Swift DBE – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Dame Janet Smith and Dame Caroline Swift can be heard in a First 100 Years podcast talking about their life on the Northern Circuit, their friendship and their distinguished judicial careers.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th September 2019

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Ex-BBC worker gets £130,000 settlement in equal pay dispute – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2019 in BBC, compensation, equality, news, remuneration, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘A former BBC employee has received an out-of-court settlement of more than £130,000 after she accused the broadcaster of failing to meet its obligations over equal pay.’

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The Guardian, 22nd 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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Female banker whose boss repeatedly told her ‘not now, Stacey’ wins £4m sex discrimination claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2019 in compensation, equal pay, news, sex discrimination, victimisation by tracey

‘A female banker whose boss demeaned her by repeatedly saying “not now, Stacey” has won a £4 million sex discrimination claim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th September 2019

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Hogan Lovells partner rebuked over pregnancy discrimination – Legal Futures

‘A senior finance partner at City giant Hogan Lovells has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after a tribunal found that he discriminated against his children’s pregnant nanny.’

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Legal Futures, 29th August 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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Cambridge University graduate sues over handling of sexual harassment complaint – The Independent

Posted August 14th, 2019 in complaints, harassment, news, sex discrimination, universities by michael

‘A former student is suing the University of Cambridge over the way it dealt with her sexual harassment complaint – saying their response left her more traumatised than the harassment itself.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2019

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Passing the Brief: Martha Cover interviews Marcia Willis Stewart QC – Counsel

Posted August 9th, 2019 in barristers, inquests, news, racism, sex discrimination, sport by tracey

‘Martha Cover interviews the celebrated civil rights lawyer Marcia Willis Stewart QC whose egalitarian spirit pervades all her cases.’

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Counsel, 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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Women face discrimination over their periods at work: ‘It’s just an excuse to act like a b****’ – The Independent

Posted August 1st, 2019 in employment, equality, health, news, sex discrimination, statistics, women by tracey

‘Women are facing discrimination over their periods in the workplace and colleagues are not taking their pain seriously and subjecting them to scathing comments, according to a new poll.’

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The Independent, 31st July 2019

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