Equality & Diversity
An employee says she was racially harassed by a senior manager, and submits a lengthy grievance. An ex-employee brings an Employment Tribunal claim, saying he was forced to resign by a colleague who told him his sexual orientation offended his religion.
Your Board asks whether you have conducted an equal pay audit, and if not whether you should. You need to overhaul your diversity policies and training programmes.
Who do you turn to?
Our team has unrivalled strength in depth in advising on all issues related to equality and diversity, which include some of the most important and challenging on the HR and legal agenda today. These include:
- Employment Tribunal litigation for discrimination based on sex (including equal pay), pregnancy / maternity, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or gender reassignment, and associated claims for harassment and victimisation
- Advice on any issue with an equality / diversity angle, such as handling the exit of a persistent poor performer with a suspected disability, complex grievances, and redundancy dismissals impacting maternity leavers
- Advice on “family friendly” matters: policies on maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and pay; requests for flexible working; time off for dependants; and issues around surrogacy and IVF
- Equal pay is gaining a higher profile, as Tribunals have new powers to order equal pay audits, and mandatory gender pay gap reporting comes into effect. In addition to our experience in dealing with complex equal pay disputes, we help clients conduct equal pay reviews and audits and manage the associated (and significant) legal risks, and can assist in complying with pay gap reporting obligations
- Our dedicated training team is experienced in conducting manager training on equal opportunities, diversity, family rights and flexible working, and training for all staff on their equality obligations. This can have an exclusively UK focus, or where desired we can make this relevant for cross-border workforces
Gender pay gap reporting - analysing the 2020 results13 October 2021
Employers had until 5 October 2021 to publish their gender pay gap statistics relating to April 2020. What have we learned from the results?
Employers adopt value-driven employment policies in the wake of the pandemic22 September 2021
We carried out a survey of in-house employment lawyers to explore the employment policy landscape in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This article sums up our key findings.
Ethnicity pay gap reporting: Government’s debate response will frustrate employers22 September 2021
A petition on ethnicity pay gap reporting registered over 130,000 signatures last year, requiring that the issue be debated in Parliament. Over one year later, the debate has finally happened.
When can menopause form the basis for an Employment Tribunal claim?08 September 2021
What types of legal claim may employees with menopause symptoms be able to pursue, and how can employers foster a supportive culture to reduce that risk?
National disability strategy launched05 August 2021
The government has published its promised national disability strategy setting out various steps it will take to remove barriers faced by disabled people in their lives. This article looks at the main work-related measures.
New duties to prevent sexual harassment – but not yet29 July 2021
The government has committed to introducing a new proactive duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment, alongside considering new laws which would make employers liable if third parties harass their employees and possibly extending the time limit in which to bring discrimination claims. It is likely to be some time, however, before any changes are put into effect.
Employer loses discrimination claim after trying to reduce gender pay gap28 July 2021
An Employment Tribunal decision involving an ad agency has highlighted the dangers for employers of taking an overly aggressive approach to reducing gender pay gaps. It also provides a reminder that all discrimination is unlawful, even where the victims are from a historically privileged group.
Protecting staff from social media abuse as important as protecting your brand: Hannah Price and James Storke comment for International Employment Lawyer16 July 2021
On 11 July 2021, football fans across Europe came together to witness England take on Italy in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley stadium. An engaging match swayed back and forth between the two sides before eventually going to penalties, where the Italians emerged victorious after three England players missed their spot kicks.