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.

Black man in a hoody

Sheila Fahy

I was curious. As I entered the foyer at work this morning, the first thing I saw was a black man in a hoodie. The second thing I saw was the person. This man’s name is Ade Ahamadu, a financial services project manager and co-founder of McJonathan. His photo is joined by 55 other black Read More

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Celebrating women

Robbie Sinclair

As a man surrounded by phenomenal women I feel very fortunate. Whichever way I look, I see powerhouses of talent: from my wife Amy, to my PA Ellie, to my bosses Sarah and Karen and my female clients,who are too numerous to mention. As International Women’s Day 2019 approaches, I want to celebrate the many Read More

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It’s Time to Talk but it’s also time to Stop, Look & Listen

Sarah Henchoz

It’s Time to Talk but it’s also time to Stop, Look & Listen Today is Time to Talk day. I am not one who usually needs any encouragement to talk but what I often need to remind myself is that in order to really talk to someone you also need to listen. I have therefore Read More

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Liam Neeson – villain or hero?

Sheila Fahy

Since yesterday, I have been in a quandary as to how I feel about this issue. Was Liam Neeson to be commended for acknowledging his inappropriate racist outburst when as a young man he discovered a close friend had been raped by a black man? Or is he to be shunned, and his new film Read More

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Serena got it right – sort of…

Robbie Sinclair

The evidence speaks for itself. Serena was right when she told the world that women have been treated less favourably than men on the tennis court. They have. Her mistake was to use her position, her frustration, and her under performance to make this point. She would have been better off to accept the initial Read More

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Love Island Disrupted

Sheila Fahy

There were far too many evenings in July when I found myself in the company of the Islanders. I started off as a reluctant viewer, not least because the remote was hijacked ritually at 8.59pm by my teenage son. My protests about trash TV and fairness fell on deaf ears so I gave in and Read More

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Women on top – celebrating #SuccessfulWomen

Sarah Henchoz

Getting women into senior positions is commercially savvy. Nowadays this is the received wisdom from the great and the good. Even last week’s report from the House of Commons Treasury Committee on Women in Finance cited McKinsey evidence from their report Diversity Matters of the “statistically significant relationship between a more diverse leadership team and Read More

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