In terms of the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful direct discrimination where, because of a protected characteristic, a person (A) treats another person (B) less favourably than A treats or would treat others. By definition B does not need to have the protected characteristic since it is unlawful where A treats B less favourably “because of” the characteristic. It is therefore sufficiently wide to cover a case where A treats B less favourably because of a perception that B has the characteristic. A recent case considered how this applies to a Claimant whose employer may perceive to be disabled (even if she was not).
The Women and Equalities Commission has published a new report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. The report has concluded that sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread, with a BBC survey (in November 2017) finding that 40% of women and 18% of men have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace.
ACAS has issued some top tips to ensure employees manage workplace challenges during the spell of hot weather. Much of it is common sense but it is worth considering and updating your policy during this heatwave. The tips include: