Briefing quick find:

Can a Judge be a whistleblower?

Yes, says the Supreme Court in the case of Gilham v Ministry of Justice [2019] UKSC 44. What is a whistleblower? A whistleblower is a worker who discloses wrongdoing. Whistleblowing is when a worker raises concerns about practices occurring in the workplace.…

HIV Discrimination: Advice for employees and employers

Gareth Thomas’s brave revelations about living with HIV have inspired others living with the condition to open up about their experiences. Often individuals diagnosed with HIV can experience stigma in a number of arenas, including their workplace being a significant…

All tied up in knots?

Can a massage given in the workplace constitute harassment related to sex? A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision confirmed that a female manager massaging a male employee’s shoulders in an open plan office, whilst unwanted conduct, was not “related to…

Is Vegetarianism a protected characteristic?

Facts The Claimant, Mr G Connisbee, raised concerns that he was discriminated against because he was a vegetarian. The Claimant resigned from his employment after 5 months of service, alleging that the reason he resigned was because of the way he…

Covert recording of meetings – is it gross misconduct?

In the case of Phoenix House Limited v Stockman, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee had committed misconduct during their employment, for covertly recording a meeting, and whether a reduction should be applied to the compensation awarded. Facts Ms…