Farore Law contributes to Bloomberg article: “How Corporate Britain Hides Thousands of Sex Discrimination Cases”

Farore Law contributes to Bloomberg article: “How Corporate Britain Hides Thousands of Sex Discrimination Cases”

Farore Law has been cited in an article published by Bloomberg regarding the hundreds of workers who each year file sex discrimination grievances “in return for money – and silence.”

Bloomberg analysed legal judgments available via UK Government’s public Employment Tribunal decisions database [1] and found that 2,195 sex discrimination cases were dropped before court rulings in the past 2 and a half years, out of 3,585 suits in total. This equates to around 61%. Bloomberg’s analysis of the judgments is backed by the separate Ministry of Justice data, which show that the number of sex discrimination complaints at the Employment Tribunal increased by 69% in the year to March. In contrast, all types of cases increased by 27%. Last year, only 3% of sex discrimination cases made it to a final ruling, of which two-thirds saw the claimant succeed.

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Government publishes its response to NDA consultation

Government publishes its response to NDA consultation

The Government’s response to the consultation on the misuse of confidentiality clauses (also known as “non-disclosure agreements” or “NDAs”) was published yesterday morning. The purpose of the consultation (available here) was to explore how NDAs and their legal framework operate in practice, and to assess what changes are required to ensure that individuals are appropriately protected from their misuse.

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Women as Queen’s Counsel: why are numbers so low?

Women as Queen’s Counsel: why are numbers so low?

Significantly fewer women than men apply for QC each year. Since data collection began in 1995, the number of male applicants has been recorded as consistently (and considerably) higher. This begs the question: why are numbers so low? Interestingly, a recent article produced by The Lawyer looks at the QC gender problem from an employment law perspective, and considers whether or not it is the result of a system that actively works against female barristers.

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Government Equalities Office launches consultation on sexual harassment at work

The Government Equalities Office has recently launched a new consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace. The consultation will explore whether the current law provides sufficient protection, consider if there are any gaps, and what more can be done at a practical level to ensure people are properly protected at work.

This consultation is split into two parts: (1) a set of online questions designed for anyone to respond to, and (2) a more technical document that invites views on the law. Both individuals and organisations are encouraged to submit their views. Responses from the following are of particular interest:

  • anyone with experience of sexual harassment or other types of discrimination at work;

  • anyone who is or has been a volunteer/intern and who has experience of sexual harassment or any other type of discrimination;

  • anyone who has managed or supported someone who has experienced sexual harassment or other types of discrimination at work; and/or

  • anyone who has thought about taking a case of any type of discrimination or harassment to an employment tribunal.

To submit your views, or learn more about the consultation, click here.

Is hugging a good thing to do in the workplace?

Suzanne McKie QC was featured in the Employment Solicitor’s article ‘Is it OK to hug at work?’. Suzanne’s view is that we should not be grieving about loss of physicality in the workplace. The article is available here.