Category: GENERAL ISSUES

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FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION AT JOB INTERVIEW

Under the Equality Act you can serve a potential employer with a discrimination questionnaire if you suspect foul play – it might not solve the problem but it shines a spotlight on it. A recent report by the all-party parliamentary group on race and community, focussing on black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi female workers, has uncovered racial discrimination and other barriers at the recruitment stage. The inquiry also found that many job applicants of ethnic minority had changed their name or appearance to try to overcome prejudices – and when they did their scope for getting a job increased. Of course,...

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EMPLOYEES PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE

In Barlow v Stone (2012 IRLR 898) the Employment Appeal Tribunal had to decide whether an employee could bring a discrimination claim against a colleague even though no claim had been made against the employer. Facts Barlow brought a claim against his employer alleging disability discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), including a failure to make reasonable adjustments. Later a fellow employee (Stone) made a complaint to the police about Barlow, alleging abusive and threatening behaviour – an allegation which turned out to be false. Barlow then presented a second complaint to an employment tribunal, against Stone, alleging discrimination by way of victimisation (in...

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COMMONS DIVERSITY MEASURES URGED

Parliamentary candidates should have a legal right to time off work to campaign, and parties should offer bursaries to would-be MPs from poorer backgrounds, a think tank says. The Institute for Government said Westminster was “overwhelmingly white, male and middle-class”. Just one fifth of MPs are women, and 27 out of 650 are from ethnic minorities. The cost and time involved could deter “candidates from non-traditional backgrounds”, the organisation said. The report acknowledged parties’ past diversity efforts, including all-women shortlists by Labour and the Conservatives’ “A-list” of approved candidates. But the Institute for Government argued that improved selection methods were...

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TRIBUTE TO HERBIE HIGGINS MBE

Diverse Magazine is honoured to present this tribute to Herbie Higgins MBE, one of the greatest pioneers of social justice and voluntary community work in the UK, who passed away on Wednesday November 9, 2011. He was a dad, granddad, great granddad, friend, mentor, a people’s champion, a true servant of the people who delighted in serving communities and we join his family and friends in mourning his loss. Herbie (as he was affectionately known) immigrated to Liverpool from Jamaica in 1951, having been invited by his uncle Charlie Higgins who himself immigrated to England as a qualified engineer during...

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RESISTANCE TO DIVERSITY AMONG JUDGES IS MISGUIDED

Lady Hale’s correct – diversity is a constitutional issue but a more representative bench would make for better decisions. Lady Hale and Lady Neuberger gave evidence to the Lords constitution committee on the importance of increasing diversity of the judiciary and the potential for it to change the outcome of cases recently, but failed to highlight the universality of the issue. Hale, the only female justice in the history of the supreme court and the law lords, stated before the committee that “the lack of diversity on the bench is a constitutional issue”. Both Hale and Neuberger, the former chair...

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NEW EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS GUIDANCE FOR CARE QUALITY COMMISSION INSPECTORS

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has joined forces with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to produce equality and human rights guidance for care inspectors. The advice is aimed at ensuring people who are most vulnerable to harm have their rights upheld and respected. It enables CQC inspectors to clearly link effective equality and human rights compliance with high-quality, safe services and sets out exactly what they have to look for when monitoring a care provider against standards. Inspectors will also know what to do if they suspect a human rights violation or find a breach in standards. The...

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TOXTETH RIOTS 30 YEARS ON: LEROY COOPER SPEAKS OUT

Leroy Cooper will forever be known as the man whose arrest sparked the Toxteth riots. Sat in front of an exhibition of his paintings and collages at Keith’s Wine Bar, in Lark Lane, he said: “It’s been a black cloud hanging over me for years. “I always say to people ‘I wasn’t there’. I was actually arrested in what they call the sparking incident, but I was taken away from the street and was in Risley remand centre for six to eight weeks. “My memory of the riots is being imprisoned, worrying what was going to happen, because I could...

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JIMI JAGNE – MEMORIES OF THE TOXTETH RIOTS

  Jimi Jagne, now 47, recalls the part he played in the Toxteth riots. I was a 17-year-old youth, Toxteth born and bred, and I was actively engaged in the uprisings. At one point, on the penultimate day of the riots, on July 27, I was arrested and subsequently received a conviction for my part in the rioting. Like everyone else, it was a part of what was happening among the residents and the community at the time. There was a long, long history of police trouble. Walking around the community during the daytime was bad enough, but when it...

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TOXTETH RIOTS – 30 YEARS ON PROJECT

On  Friday 1 July 2011, the Merseyside Black History Month Group (MBHMG) kicked off a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Toxteth Riots with the opening of Toxteth 1981 at the International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock. Toxteth 1981 is a historical photographic exhibition of images of the riots, some being shown publicly for the first time in 30 years. The exhibition closes on 1st July 2012. It is a collaboration between Merseyside Black History Month Group, Writing on the Wall and National Museums Liverpool. Dr Richard Benjamin, head of the International Slavery Museum, said: “The...

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TOXTETH REVISITED, 30 YEARS AFTER THE RIOTS

In July 1981, some of the most violent rioting ever seen in Britain erupted in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. Thirty years on, the local community is still paying the price. After the second night of fire and rage, police burst through the door of the Simon family home in a little terrace along Beaconsfield Street in Liverpool, snatched 13-year-old Michael and flung him on to a pile of other young bodies packed into the back of a van. “I thought I was going to be killed,” recalls Michael. “There were 10 in the van and I was on top...