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.

Leadership lessons from horse trainers

Robbie Sinclair

It’s funny from where we take our inspiration. As an Irishman, I am keen on horse racing, but I surprised even myself this week when a horse trainer taught me an unexpected lesson about leadership. This week is Ireland’s final race meeting of the year. Who will be champion trainer? Everyone is talking about the fierce Read More

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Post-punk, the youth and anti-discrimination

Sheila Fahy

Always aspiring to be young at heart, I went to see one of Britain’s most exciting bands, Shame, last night. They were all the things you should be when you are 20-something: rebellious, angry, provocative and thrilling. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the midst of such frenetic energy so I held onto Read More

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The FCA talks tough on diversity – a sign of its approach to fitness and propriety?

Sarah Henchoz

We are often asked by clients to what extent the FCA would consider employees who have been found to have acted in a discriminatory and/or bullying manner to no longer be considered fit and proper; whether these issues form reportable concerns to the FCA, do they amount to conduct rule breaches and, of course, do Read More

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Why can’t it be the same for the woman?

Robbie Sinclair

Imagine a woman returning from maternity leave to be told that she can do the same job but due to her absence she has lost her seniority status and all the benefits that went along with it. Unthinkable! But that is how it works in the world of tennis. Take 23-time Grand Slam winner, Serena Read More

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Level playing field

Sheila Fahy

How often do we – and by “we” I mean those who are able-bodied and able-minded – really think about what it is like to be disabled in the workplace? It comes up all the time for HR practitioners who have to consider reasonable adjustments for Equality Act obligations as well as temporary accommodations for Read More

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Gender pay gap reporting – time is of the essence

Alana Burton

With less than three months to go until the 4 April 2018 deadline, there has been a spate of recently uploaded gender pay gap reports to the official Government website. Even taking the 247 reports submitted within the last five weeks, the total number is still only 568, which is a mere 6% of the Read More

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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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