Diversity and equality

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

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    Dangers of taking image at face value

    The Equality Act 2006 altered the definition of “religion or belief” to cover any religious or philosophical belief – including the lack of either. This change has extended the categories of employees protected by the Employment...

    Muslim woman takes hairdresser to tribunal over headscarf

    A religious discrimination case has been filed against the owner of a hair salon who refused to give a Muslim woman a job because she wears a headscarf. Bushra Noah is suing the London-based salon for £15,000 for...

    Give thought to dress codes before it becomes an issue

    The latest in a line of high profile cases of alleged religious discrimination has been resolved without recourse to a tribunal. But, the case, involving the catering firm Eurest, shows that employers must proceed with care...

    Law on inciting hatred finds its voice at work

    Employers should always treat problems of racial or religious harassment at work seriously. If they don’t, they could face claims under discrimination legislation, the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, or constructive...

    Glasgow City Council v McNab

    McNab, an atheist employed in a Roman Catholic school, applied for the post of acting principal teacher of pastoral care. He was not interviewed because he was not Catholic. The council claimed being Catholic was a genuine...

    Mohmed v West Coast Trains Ltd

    The EAT has said tribunals can take account of both claimants' and respondents' evidence when finding out the facts in a discrimination case. But when considering whether these could indicate discrimination, any explanation...

    Julie diligent

    AXA PPP Healthcare is on the initial shortlist for the People Management Award 2006. •   Read about all 15 shortlisted organisations • Find out more about the PM Award   Picture the scene. It's Tuesday afternoon...

    Detox your reward scheme

    The recent employment tribunal case of Khan v Direct Line Insurance plc (ET 1400026/05) highlights the practical difficulties managers face keeping everyone happy when operating reward schemes.   The case is one of...

    Christmas parties may also offend christians

    "The restive season" (Law, 9 December, 2004) considers the appropriateness of the Christmas party in the light of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003, and describes various circumstances...

    Party fears need proportion

    I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read Gabriella Wright’s article "The restive season", which described how "equality regulations could make the office Christmas party an annual HR headache"...