Labour & European Law Review 08 September 2011
The Ministry of Justice has published its annual report recording employment tribunal and appeal tribunal statistics for the year from April 2010 to March 2011.
The law states that employers must allow employees to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union official at a disciplinary hearing. The Supreme Court has held in R (on the application of G) v The Governors of X school and Y City Council that even if an employee is dismissed and could lose their right to practice their profession, they do not have an additional right to legal representation at a disciplinary hearing, unless the hearing is likely to have a substantial impact on their right to practice.
It is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation. But in Grant v HM Land Registry, the Court of Appeal has said that it is not discriminatory to mention in idle conversation that someone is gay if their sexuality is already widely known, as long as the intention behind the disclosure is not malicious.