Category Archives: Employment Law

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 […]

No fixed place of work – Travel time within working hours

Federación de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones obreras (CC.OO.) v Tyco Integrated Security SL, and Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Corporation Servicios SA   The European Court of Justice has ruled that where there is not “a fixed or habitual place of work”, time spent travelling to and from work (their first and last customer) will […]