Tag Archives: Equality

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Emma Watson, Gender Equality and the Apprentice: you’re fired, unless you wear plenty of makeup, a short skirt…

Dr Mark Butler

Discrimination- misconceived views

The fight for equality between on gender grounds has been one that has been ongoing for some time (the EU and the United Nations playing key roles), but there is clearly a lot that still needs to be done. The gender pay gap is clear evidence of this; female workers in the UK currently earning on average 19% less than their male counterparts. Although this is considered an ‘improvement’ from the historical context, this serves to highlight that we are still some way off achieving equality. This is exacerbated when one considers that workers in atypical and marginal employment relationships, for example part time workers, earn over 1/3 less per hour than their full time counterparts (according to the Office of National Statistics in 2012), and that many of these positions are filled by female workers. However, having recently watched over the HeForShe speech given by Emma Watson, and having endured the new bunch of “business leaders” on the Apprentice, it did get me thinking about gender equality in business, and this blog encapsulates those musings.

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Religion and Belief Discrimination: all about “core principles”? – Mba v London Borough of Merton [2013] EWCA Civ 1562

Dr Mark Butler

The recent decision of Mba v London Borough of Merton [2013] EWCA Civ 1562 saw the Court of Appeal once again have the opportunity to consider the issue of religious discrimination; this time due to a complaint brought by a worker who complained that having to work on a Sunday was treating her less favourably due to her Christian beliefs, with her belief that Sunday should be a day of rest being a “Core Christian Belief”.

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