Business Law

Can an award for injury to feelings in a discrimination case be reduced because of contributory negligence? First Greater Western Limited & Linley v Waiyego

The Employment Appeal Tribunal, (‘EAT’) in the case of First Greater Western Limited & Linley v Waiyego has confirmed that an award for injury to feelings in a discrimination case will rarely be reduced because of contributory negligence, and certainly not on the facts of this particular case.

Is it discrimatory to suspend a teacher who can only write by hand for a few minutes? Ahmed v The Cardinal Hume Academies

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (‘EAT’) has held in the case of Ahmed v The Cardinal Hume Academics that it was reasonable for an employer to suspend an employee for his writing difficulty.

Discrimination

Under section 15(1) of the Equality Act 2010, “discrimination arising from disability” occurs where both:

Provision of employee references and ensuring safe recruitment

Legal basis for providing a reference

There is no legal obligation to request a reference for a potential new employee. However, if an employer intends to make an offer of employment conditional upon receipt of a satisfactory reference, this should be made clear within the offer in order to be valid. Similarly, there is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee, unless there was a written agreement to do so or they are in a regulated industry such as financial services.

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