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.

The tactics of Litigation – Carneiro plays a winning game

Louise Skinner

The streets of Croydon will be far quieter today. Press from every corner of the globe had gathered to hear first-hand the story of the fall-out between former first team doctor, Eva Carneiro, and then-manager, Jose Mourinho. Few Employment Tribunal cases have attracted such a media frenzy, but this one had all the right ingredients Read More

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Ramadan in the Workplace

Sheila Fahy

Next week marks the start of Ramadan. For Muslims across the world, a month of fasting each day from sunrise to sunset begins. During this period, which can be anything up to 18 hours per day, they are prohibited from consuming any food or drink (even water). As there are approximately 3 million Muslims in Read More

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Direction or discrimination: How far is too far in elite performance sports?

Louise Skinner

The world of professional sport is unlike any other workplace. Stakes are incredibly high, pressure is huge and there is one goal ‒ to win. Age is usually a critical factor, as is physical condition. The need to be in the best shape possible to compete in the world’s most elite levels of sport is Read More

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Workspace

Sheila Fahy

As Tim Peake embarks upon his secondment into space for six months, and other workers celebrate the festivities with their co-workers at Christmas parties, it is a timely reminder that almost anywhere can be a workplace in the legal sense. Read More

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Gender pay gap – women over 40

Sheila Fahy

For reasons I am not disclosing, I was drawn to the Government’s announcement last week that it will be targeting the gender pay gap in relation to women over the age of 40. It is widely known that the overall gender pay gap currently stands at 19.5%, but when the figures are analysed a little Read More

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Women on boards – Davies report progress update

Karen Seward

It is no small achievement that women now represent over a quarter of the FTSE 100 board members when viewed from the starting point of 12.5% in 2011. It is even more remarkable as it has been a business-led initiative without quotas, only targets, and just a slight nudge from the UK Corporate Governance Code. Read More

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Summer holiday listening (part two) – powerful women and transgender

Sheila Fahy

If I had to predict who would be on the BBC’s Woman’s Hour power list of female influencers I would have failed miserably. I would have put money on finding Kim Kardashian, Angela Merkle, Christine Lagarde and Sheryl Sandberg as contenders. I most certainly would have expected Taylor Swift to make an appearance too. How Read More

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