Monthly Archives: March 2016

What makes it religious discrimination?

Gareddu v London Underground LTD Ltd ET/2201116/2015 Turning down a long holiday request for an employee, who wanted the time off for religious reasons is not religious discrimination. If the religious events are not obligatory within the faith and/or there is a legitimate business need an employer can refuse the request. Background Mr Gareddu is […]

Be careful what you say when being asked for a verbal reference..

Pnaiser v NHS England and another EAT/0137/15 Withdrawing an offer of employment after receiving a negative verbal reference about someone’s disability is disability discrimination. Background Ms Pnaiser was made redundant from Coventry County Council, as part of her severance agreement it was agreed that she would be provided with a basic reference stating that she “always […]

Asking employees to speak English in the work place, discrimination?

Kelly v Covance Laboratories Ltd UKEAT/0186/15/LA You can insist on employees only speaking English in the workplace. Background Mrs Kelly was employed at Covance Laboratories Ltd. Mrs Kelly’s line manager believed that she was acting suspiciously because she was taking phone calls and speaking in her native Russian tongue. Her line manager asked that she did not […]

Holiday pay should include commission

British Gas v Lock EAT/0189/15 Holiday pay should include commission. Background Mr Lock made a claim to the employment tribunal that he was owed money that he lost out on by going on holiday as his holiday pay did not relect his results-based commission. This was then referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) […]