Should mental health challenges mitigate misconduct sanctions?

Should mental health challenges mitigate misconduct sanctions?

Should mental health challenges mitigate misconduct sanctions? Having been dismissed due to allegations of ‘repeated inappropriate conduct’, a scientist at AstraZeneca, Dr James Muir, has been found by the Employment Tribunal to have been unfairly and wrongly...
Anti-Zionism held to be a Protected Belief

Anti-Zionism held to be a Protected Belief

Anti-Zionism held to be a Protected Belief Having been accused of antisemitic comments, a sociology professor, David Miller at the University of Bristol has been found to have been discriminated against. This case recognises anti-Zionist views as beliefs and has...
Freedom of Expression versus Offending Others?

Freedom of Expression versus Offending Others?

Freedom of Expression versus Offending Others? The recent judgment in Phoenix v The Open University saw the Employment Tribunal uphold the majority of Professor Phoenix’s claims against her former employer for direct discrimination, harassment, victimisation and...
Is time of the essence? Constructive dismissal claims

Is time of the essence? Constructive dismissal claims

Is time of the essence? Constructive dismissal claims A recent decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal has received media attention when Dr Leaney, a teacher and a warden at Loughborough University, resigned from his job in order to bring a constructive unfair...
Gender: Offensive Speech or Freedom of Expression?

Gender: Offensive Speech or Freedom of Expression?

Gender: Offensive Speech or Freedom of Expression? The Employment Tribunal has ruled in favour of social worker Rachel Meade, who faced suspension over her expression of gender critical views on social media.  Westminster City Council and Social Work England have both...
Manager tells employee “you had a baby at the wrong time”!

Manager tells employee “you had a baby at the wrong time”!

Manager tells employee “you had a baby at the wrong time”! In this article we look at a case where an employer told his employee, during a business restructure, “you had a baby at the wrong time”. This is another case which highlights the importance of employers...
Police Officer Rejected as Firearms Officer Due to Autism

Police Officer Rejected as Firearms Officer Due to Autism

Police Officer Rejected as Firearms Officer Due to Autism A recent decision by the Employment Tribunal has received media attention when Miss Crawford, a police officer, was subject to direct and indirect discrimination after she was rejected from an initial firearms...
Protected philosophical beliefs – where are we now?

Protected philosophical beliefs – where are we now?

Protected philosophical beliefs – where are we now? Following on from recent case law relating to the protection of religious and philosophical beliefs over the past year, we thought it would be prudent to recap on the broader topic of protected beliefs. Beliefs,...
Santa Banter, Toxic Culture or Discrimination?

Santa Banter, Toxic Culture or Discrimination?

Santa Banter, Toxic Culture or Discrimination? Mr Graham worked as a salesperson for Swansway Garages (the “Company”), a car dealership for three years, while also working part-time as a Father Christmas at a local grotto. When his Sales Manager, Jon Gill, found out...
Sex Discrimination and Harassment at Work

Sex Discrimination and Harassment at Work

Sex Discrimination and Harassment at Work In the recent case of Kalam v The Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, the Employment Tribunal awarded the Claimant, a female firearms officer, £30,000 in compensation after the Respondent was found liable for sex...