WorkLife: Discrimination

Our thoughts on the world of employment law - and beyond.

Teacher dismissed for showing a certificate 18 horror film to 15 year olds has disability finding upheld

Teacher dismissed for showing a certificate 18 horror film to 15 year olds has disability finding upheld

No doubt some of the headlines will be attention-grabbing. A Head of English who was dismissed having shown the horror film “Halloween” (certificate 18) to a class of 15 years olds and who claimed that he did so because of stress has won his disability case in the Court of Appeal, apparently resulting in a large six-figure pay-out.

Late Nights, Early Mornings

Late Nights, Early Mornings

We’re long familiar with the concept of a ‘provision, criterion or practice’ (PCP) for the purposes of an indirect discrimination claim. The degree of ‘coercion’ involved in a PCP was analysed by the Court of Appeal in a decision from last month, in the case of United First Partners Research v Carreras.

Learning to be an Active Bystander

Learning to be an Active Bystander

This week, I had the chance to attend an excellent hour-long session on being an “Active Bystander” when it comes to preventing sexual harassment and encouraging a "speak out" culture within your organisation.

From Unison to whistleblowing – reasons why 2017 is worth remembering

From Unison to whistleblowing – reasons why 2017 is worth remembering

Now that January has finally limped to the finish line, you could be forgiven for feeling that 2017 was a long time ago.  However, before your memories fade altogether, I thought it would be a helpful reminder to look at some of the key employment matters from last year which are likely to continue to have an impact in 2018, as well as consider some of the new developments which this year may bring.