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Employment tribunal hearing first claim for caste discrimination collapses

An employment tribunal hearing the first claim for unfair dismissal on the grounds of caste discrimination has collapsed after information handed to the judge by police led the judge to recuse herself from the case. Vijay Begraj, a former practice manager at the Coventry solicitors firm Heer Manak, and his wife Amardeep, a former solicitor at the same firm, had claimed that they were discriminated against because he is from a lower Asian caste than she is. Vijay Begraj is from a Dalit background – the caste formerly known as “untouchables” – while Amardeep is from the higher Jat caste,...

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DRIVING DIVERSITY AT FORD

The 1968 Ford sewing machinists’ strike was a driver for the Equal Pay Act. Three of Ford’s top HR leaders explain how diversity is front and centre. In June 1968, a group of women changed the world of work forever. On finding out they were being paid 15% less than men doing the same level of work, nearly 200 female sewing machinists walked out of the Ford Motor Company plant in Dagenham, eventually halting production entirely. The strike led to the passing of 1970’s Equal Pay Act, was immortalised in the 2010 film Made in Dagenham, and is now back...

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DIVERSE MAGAZINE IFB2016 CONFERENCE

Date: June 17, 2016 Venue: Liverpool Exhibition Centre Following the success of the 2014 IFB conference the 2016 conference again aims to be the flagship IFB2016 event for exploring Global Best Practices in Diversity & Inclusion particularly in the Manufacturing sector and will look at how embedding Diversity and Inclusion within design, creativity and innovation enables companies to compete in global markets. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for exchange of learning from, and network with, international leading diversity and HR professionals.  Global Heads, Directors and VP’s of Human Resources and Diversity along with Boards Members of some of...

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THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DIVERSITY

I started Curzon PR, a public relations and strategic communications agency six years ago in 2009. My entry into public relations seemed to coincide with a time when the industry, that had for so long prided itself on the modern, progressive and cosmopolitan image it had cultivated, seemingly woke up to the fact that it had an incredibly poor record with regards to diversity. The most recent figures indicate that just eight percent of PR practitioners are from an ethnic minority background, and while the industry generally has a good record with gender diversity, it still remains overwhelmingly male dominated...

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IS THERE A DIVERSITY DIVIDEND?

Is there a diversity dividend? That was the question that posed in a special Talking Business programme from the World Economic Forum, in Davos. There is evidence, for instance, that boards of directors with greater diversity generate more dividends. That means greater returns to shareholders and fewer bonuses paid to managers. So, it matters who’s at the top. Yet, only 4% of bosses in the UK financial services industry and 4.6% of chief executives of S&P 500 companies are women, and there are just six black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. With respect to gender, there are numerous studies that...

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ALL-WOMEN SHORTLISTS ARE SEEN AS TERRIFYING. BUT SO IS THE STATUS QUO

It’ll be 2055 before we get gender equality in the House of Commons. Politics already has an invisible quota system – one that shuts down diversity Sometimes it’s not a matter of sitting patiently, it’s a matter of working out how long you have got. You begin to realise that what you thought would happen “naturally” has not happened at all. I would have predicted by 2015 that about half of the people in important jobs – in public life, in parliament, in business, on the telly – would be vaguely female. It’s a meritocracy, right? Girls are doing better...

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GAY OR STRAIGHT, LET’S EMBRACE THE LANGUAGE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY

‘Gay marriage’ and ‘sexual preference’ are loaded phrases. There are better and more accurate alternatives Today I got out of my gay bed, kissed my gay boyfriend goodbye, went to the gym with my gay neighbour and then cycled my gay bike to my gay job. Yes, a strange sentence, but to my ear the phrase “gay marriage” sounds just as peculiar. The qualifying prefix is superfluous in every case. Yet “gay marriage” remains acceptable in the house style of many media outlets (including the Guardian). It may not be offensive, but it doesn’t quite sit right. The Australian national...

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THE GUARDIAN VIEW ON MUSLIMS IN THE WEST: MARGINALISED BY MISTRUST

Ministers should stop boasting about supposed British values. The debate about security in a diverse society needs to be framed in the language of human rights. The book was in the college library, and a student enrolled for the very subject that it covered was spotted picking it up. The scene might not be so common as it was in the pre-Google era, but nor is it – one would hope – so rare as to prompt a college official to instigate a worried conversation, and then call for security. Indeed, the fact that this happened at Staffordshire University makes...

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SUMPTION ENCAPSULATES THE LAW’S SEXISM: ONLY QUOTAS CAN CHALLENGE MALE PRIVILEGE

If the supreme court judge thinks women are opting to shun senior judicial posts, he doesn’t understand power Institutional sexism in the legal profession is under scrutiny again following remarks about gender equality in the judiciary by one of the country’s most senior judges. Jonathan Sumption’s views exemplify perfectly what is wrong with the way women in the legal profession are viewed by those in the highest echelons of power. Not only did the supreme court judge forecast in an interview that it would take 50 years to achieve gender equality in the judiciary, he cautioned against doing anything that...