Equality Act

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Three Key Employment Updates

We have summarised three of the most notable employment related updates for you to mull over while enjoying the summer sun. European case opens the door for easier indirect discrimination claims to be brought by...more

Indirect discrimination claim may be brought where Claimant does not have protected characteristic

In the case of CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has extended the concept of indirect discrimination to cover those who do not have a protected characteristic, but who are associated with such...more

New Developments in Protections for LGBT Workers

It’s been a busy few weeks for developments in the area of LGBT rights since the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell , 576 U.S. ___ (2015)....more

The Equality Act: Federal Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Law Introduced in Congress

Last month, in a historic case, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples—like their heterosexual counterparts— have the constitutional right to marry. On the heels of this decision, federal agencies and...more

Equality Act of 2015 Seeks New Workplace Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Yesterday, companion bills were introduced into the House and Senate seeking the passage of the Equality Act of 2015, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The...more

Case Alert: employer should make own decision on whether an employee is “disabled"

What happened? In Gallop v Newport City Council, the Court of Appeal decided that the employer should not have relied on an occupational health advisor’s unsupported statement that an employee was not disabled for the...more

UK Supreme Court Confirms Scientology Is a Religion

With implications for employers, Court’s decision reinforces that non-mainstream religions also fall within the scope of the Equality Act. On December 11, in R (on the application of Hodkin and another) v Registrar...more

Repeal of Third Party Harassment - Are Employers Safe from Claims?

As part of its UK Employment Law Review in 2012, the UK Government announced that it intended to remove the third-party harassment liability provision from section 40(2) of the Equality Act 2010. This provision was repealed...more

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