Diversity and equality

Index here items on equal opportunities, managing diversity and inclusion.

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    Connor v Surrey County Council

    The Court of Appeal has upheld a claim for stress by a former head teacher, on the basis that her employer had been negligent in failing to consider that she was at risk of psychiatric injury due to the actions and behaviour...

    Vegetarians and vegans ‘may be protected by equality bill’

    Vegetarians and vegans should be protected by the belief strand of the equality bill, according to a code of practice published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The guidance, drafted to coincide with the new bill...

    Bus driver ‘stopped vehicle to pray’

    A bus driver in north London has attracted complaints after he stopped the vehicle to pray midway through a journey, it has been reported. The driver of the number 24 bus in Gospel Oak pulled over without warning, rolled...

    Nurdin Jivraj v Sadruddin Hashwani

    Discrimination legislation protects various categories of people, including those in employment. In this case the parties were members of the Ismaili community, part of the Shia branch of Islam. They set up a joint venture...

    Eweida v British Airways plc

    The EAT has decided that requiring an employee to remove or conceal a cross worn on a necklace did not constitute religious discrimination. There must be evidence of group disadvantage and claimants have to prove this. But...

    Secular question

    Muslims can pray up to five times a day (“ HR allows smoking breaks so why not time off for prayer? ”, News, 24 July). These prayer times are determined by the season and geographical location. My experience of office work...

    ‘HR allows smoking breaks, so why not time off for prayer?’

    Firms must take sharia law into account when drawing up HR policies, a leading law firm has warned. Employers who allow smokers to have cigarette breaks can hardly complain about Muslim employees slipping out several times...

    Tribunal judgment on BA crucifix case

    Considerable publicity surrounded the claim brought by one of British Airways' employees who was told not to wear a small crucifix at work. The tribunal's decision is a clear warning to employers to construct dress...

    Religious belief in Northern Ireland

    This long and complicated case concerns the conflict between the Northern Ireland sexual orientation regulations, religious belief, and freedom of speech under the Human Rights Convention. Unfortunately it fails to provide...

    BA crucifix wearer loses case

    A British Airways worker who was suspended for wearing a cross to work has lost her claim for religious discrimination.   Nadia Eweida took the case to an employment tribunal after BA banned her from wearing a small...