Category: DISCRIMINATION AT WORK

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The truth behind rising disabled employment: cuts, death and zero-hour contracts

The disability employment gap is narrowing, but this is against a backdrop of sanctions, funding cuts and insecure employment Lawrence Bond suffered from a heart condition, shortness of breath and struggled with mobility. His GP had reportedly also made two referrals for mental health services. But, despite all that, the 56-year-old was declared “fit to work” at an assessment in July. As a result, Bond’s benefits were slashed and he was told to get down to his local Jobcentre in Kentish Town to look for work. He launched an appeal against the ruling, but had no other options while he...

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Law must be tougher over dress code discrimination, say MPs

MPs conclude ‘troubling’ cases of sexism, including forcing women to wear high heels or revealing clothes, are evidence Equalities Act 2010 is inadequate Women who face demands at work to wear high heels, makeup or revealing outfits require a new legal framework to halt such discrimination, a parliamentary report has concluded. Two Commons’ committees have called for a review of current equality legislation after gathering evidence of sexist instructions issued to hundreds of female employees but not to their male colleagues. The findings published on Wednesday contradict reassurances from Theresa May that current equality laws are adequate. When she was...

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Maternity leave sackings cost £280m a year, says equality watchdog

Report makes financial case to retain female staff as data shows one in 10 who return to work are quickly forced out at huge extra cost to businesses.. British businesses are losing hundreds of millions of pounds every year as a result of women being forced out of jobs after having a baby, a damning report from the equalities watchdog has revealed. The costs of hiring and training new staff, redundancy payouts and lost productivity after women were pushed out of jobs amounted to £280m a year, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. About 11% of women are...

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Sexual harassment at work is getting worse. We need to stamp it out

A study shows half of all women have faced abuse – and for younger workers the figure’s even higher. We have to ensure those who report it are not victimised… On my last day at work a colleague told me that his biggest regret was that he didn’t get the chance to have sex with me in the store room before I left. For months I had been scared to go into that room on my own because he always said things like, ‘I’m coming to get you’, and ‘Don’t go in there alone, I’ll jump on you’.” “The most...