Unfair dismissal

Pregnant worker wins unfair dismissal tribunal

A spa employee has been awarded a settlement by her former employer after a tribunal found she was unfairly dismissed for being pregnant.

Should socio-economic background be a protected characteristic?

Socio-economic background is not a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. This means if people face discrimination because of their class, or assumptions made about it, they do not have the...

Superdry receives master class in the meaning of litigation risk

In the recent case of Rachel Sunderland v Superdry, the tribunal found that Ms Sunderland had been unfairly constructively dismissed, harassed and directly discriminated against on the grounds of age,...

P&O firings: ‘breath-taking’ redundancy decision may prove costly

Ferry company P&O could face significant financial and reputational damage in the courts after it fired 800 staff with immediate effect on 17 March.

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Employers should learn from Natwest's mistakes

The Equality Act 2010 provides that certain medical conditions, including cancer, HIV infection and multiple sclerosis, are disabilities. Aside from the moral imperative, Adeline Willis’s case against...

Can we scrap our employee bonus scheme?

If an employer wishes to remove an existing scheme, they should proceed with caution.