Google Memo – The Equality/Free Speech balance

The Football Association isn’t the only organisation to suffer a reputational blow this month. Tech giant, Google, a predominantly left-leaning firm, caused a stir when one of its engineers circled a ten-page memo about the issue of gender equality and why women were genetically less suited to tech and leadership roles. The memo states that women are [...]

Supreme Court Rules ET Fees Unlawful – Government to repay £32m

The Magna Carta, one of Britain’s oldest pieces of constitutional legislation, states that, ‘To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.’ In July 2013, as part of the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, Tribunal Fees were introduced. The fees meant prospective Claimants would [...]

Uber News – Senior Employees Sacked For Sexual Harassment

Twenty employees, including some senior executives have been sacked following an investigation into a culture of sexual harassment and sex discrimination at Uber. The world’s favourite gig economy, ‘ride-sharing’ application has once again been in the headlines for the wrong reasons and this latest debacle follows a viral blog post by a former employee making [...]

Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Latest Timeline

The latest timeframe has been announced for gender pay gap reporting. From 6 April 2017, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations will come into force which will require all private or voluntary sector employers with 250 or more employees to publish gender pay data on their website. Companies of that size who pay [...]

Snell v Network Rail – Is it discriminatory to pay a male parent taking shared parental leave less than a female parent taking maternity leave?

Hello and welcome back to your weekly case law update. Last week we looked at the validity of settlement of agreements and we also did a feature on discrimination during recruitment following the Matching Models controversy. This week we will be looking at shared parental leave. Today’s case is only an ET judgement so is therefore not binding on [...]

Recruitment discrimination case study – Matching Models

Matching Models, a recruitment company targeted at skilled and beautiful personnel, has come under scrutiny for a recent advert for a personal assistant with a ‘classic look, brown long hair with b-c cup.’ A move that is something out of a Mad Men episode not recruitment in 2016! Further adverts included a personal chauffeur to [...]

Sports Direct – The scandal continues

The Sports Direct scandal keeps rumbling on. The latest papers to be filed with the High Court have revealed that women returning from maternity leave were moved onto zero hours contracts and were therefore ineligible for the company’s bonus scheme, a PCP that clearly puts women at a disadvantage. Furthermore, employees transferring from companies purchased by Sports [...]