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HARASSMENT

Large potted plant grows a racial harassment claim

An employee who complained that the positioning of a large potted plant amounted to segregation has won his claim of racial harassment. What happened and where did the employer go wrong? More...

DISCRIMINATION

EAT rules on “English only” in the workplace

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that an employer who told a Russian employee to speak English only in its workplace did not commit race discrimination. Why was this employer’s rule OK? More...

HARASSMENT

References to nationality: OK or unacceptable?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that an employee who was called “Polish” when introduced to clients didn’t suffer harassment on the grounds of race. So is it OK to refer to an employee’s nationality? More...

HARASSMENT

“Oh my God”: is that harassment?

It’s a fact of life that some employees use bad language in the workplace. But what if it includes religious references? Could a devoutly religious colleague claim this is unlawful harassment? More...

RACE DISCRIMINATION

Please speak English only!

A Polish employee, who was told by her employer not to speak using her first language, has just been awarded £7,000 by the tribunal. Does this ruling mean you can’t insist on English-only in your workplace? More...

TRIBUNAL AWARDS

Banter: is it really a £292 billion risk?

According to one leading law firm, workplace banter could cost employers up to £292 billion in tribunal claims during 2013. But why should this prediction actually be ignored? More...

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Speaking foreign languages in the workplace

Let’s suppose that two employees often converse in their native language in front of an English-speaking colleague who doesn’t have a clue what they are saying. Can this type of behaviour amount to discrimination? More...

RACE DISCRIMINATION

Off-the-cuff remarks = £30k for injury to feelings?

A manager has made an off-the-cuff remark about an employee’s race. It’s a meaningless comment, but there’s a hidden danger: it could cost you as much as £30,000 in compensation for “injury to feelings”. What’s to know? More...

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

We only speak English here!

English is the second language for 2.5 million workers. But can you insist that they don’t utter a foreign word at work, or will that be racial discrimination? And what about disciplinary proceedings - do they have to be in English too? More...

RACIAL HARASSMENT

Offensive remarks are no joke

An employee has made an “off-the-cuff” remark to another about their ethnic background. But how offensive does it have to be for it to amount to racial harassment, and what can you do to avoid this type of incident? More...
Last updated: 07.08.2020

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