Discrimination

Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views into the latest trends and risks on all forms of discrimination, including direct, indirect, victimisation, equal pay, harassment, bullying, dignity at work and diversity. We will share our insights on existing protected characteristics (sex, race, sexual orientation, age, transgender, religion, disability, maternity and pregnancy) as well as those coming through the back door such as caste and new categories of disability such as obesity.

Too fat, too slutty, too loud

Sheila Fahy

We all know what is sometimes said about successful women in business. They are too aggressive, too ballsy, not enough gravitas, too much gravitas, too old, too frumpy, too tough, too soft, too cold, not hot enough, oddball, no life. These hackneyed stereotypes would be laughable if they didn’t manage to permeate the very concept Read More

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“Time’s Up” on sexual harassment

Sarah Henchoz

Many are heralding 2018 as the Year of the Woman not least because it is 100 years since women (over the age of 30) were first given the right to vote in the UK. This is likely to bring with it many interesting campaigns and initiatives continuing the drive towards female equality, including the ongoing Read More

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Mental Health in the Workplace – It’s okay not to be okay

Sarah Henchoz

Do you know what post-natal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, stress and ADHD have in common? They are every-day mental health issues experienced by employees. And yet the whole area of workplace mental health is burdened with stigma. Why? Read More

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Supreme Court widens rights for same-sex couples

Andrew Cork

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases on the issue of whether new legislation has retrospective effect on pension rights. One case covers same-sex couples. The other case looks at part-timers. The Court ruled that the restriction in UK legislation allowing a surviving civil partner’s pension rights to be based on the member’s pension Read More

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Difference – why we can all learn something from children

Sarah Henchoz

In difficult times it is quite often children who can put a smile on our faces with the very matter-of-fact way in which they view the world around them. While we are all struggling to make sense of recent tragic events triggered in many ways by difference, it provides some comfort and hope to see Read More

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Cupid plc – is it time for a relationship policy?

David Merlin-Jones

St Valentine’s Day: time to shower other halves with flowers, chocolates and other tokens of affection… all well and good after work is finished, but what about those with significant others sitting right next to them in the office? Personal relationships between employees do happen and, increasingly, employers have personal relationship policies in place to Read More

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2017 Employment Developments

Sheila Fahy

Normally, we like to predict the employment horizon for the coming year but after 2016, it seems foolhardy to do so. That said, our theme for 2017 is metamorphosis, although nobody knows what the transformation will look like. Read More

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