Most employers will be familiar with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) which make discrimination and harassment unlawful in relation to nine "protected characteristics". However, they may not always be aware that this prohibition also applies at the recruitment stage.
Positive action in recruitment is permissible only in limited circumstances: employers are allowed to take certain positive steps to help individuals who are disadvantaged by a protected characteristic (including disability).
Parliament is not the only workplace which struggles to effectively tackle sexual harassment at work.
The menopause has long been a subject that “we just don’t talk about”. Signs are that this is starting to change, thanks to recent campaigns.
A recent ruling by Birmingham Employment Tribunal has been heralded as a “landmark judgment”, extending protection under the Equality Act 2010 to include individuals who identify as being gender fluid and non-binary.