WorkLife: Discrimination

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

Gender Pay Gap reporting – it’s not gone away

Gender Pay Gap reporting – it’s not gone away

Equal pay has been in the news a lot recently: there was the BBC “who’s on the list” scandal (see here for Katie Lancaster’s take on that): Asda’s court battle against over 10,000 claimants; and last week’s report by the Chartered Management Insititue that the pay gap between male and female managers is worsening and could be as much as £12,000 per year.

Discrimination: injury to feeling awards and how to avoid them

Discrimination: injury to feeling awards and how to avoid them

In discrimination claims, successful claimants are entitled to potentially uncapped compensation, which is where the big numbers you sometimes see in newspaper headlines come from (“Top woman doctor’s record £4.5m payout for five-year campaign of harassment”, “City boss sues for £1m over claims of ‘unrelenting homophobic abuse”, etc). 

Diversity Challenge

Diversity Challenge

Last week's news was dominated by the BBC's depressing revelation that it pays its female employees woefully less than their male counterparts. This has prompted much discussion and debate about equality in the workplace and the challenges that are often faced by organisations in ensuring that their workforce reflects our richly diverse and multicultural society.

LGBT rights in the workplace: what next?

LGBT rights in the workplace: what next?

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967. Since then, it appears that the legal rights of LGBT individuals have improved considerably.  However, the fact remains that sexual orientation and gender reassignment are relatively new diversity issues and in some respects society is taking a little while to catch up.  Here are a few thoughts about areas in which progress could still be made.