Discrimination in a work place
recent discrimination act
Squinty Asian chink-eye jokes are considered harmless fun by many. Would it have been equally acceptable if Disney girl Miley Cyrus (third from left) and her pals had pulled out their lower lips to make “fat-lip nigger” jokes to highlight a lone African-American in their midst?
42-year old wins age discrimination case
Achim Beck, an investment banker, successfully sued his employer for sacking him because the company wanted a "younger" person to do his job.
The courts have yet to decide what damages he should receive but it is understood it could be hundreds of thousands of pounds, after an employment tribunal ruled he had been unfairly dismissed and that his age had played a part.
He was replaced by 38-year-old.
Lawyers said the ruling was significant and highlighted how age discrimination laws, introduced just 3 years ago, were a "gravy train" for many disgruntled workers who had lost their job
Asia at work
The Asia and Pacific region continues to experience traditional forms of discrimination, such as
those based on gender and ethnic origin and is increasingly confronted with new forms of dis
crimination brought about by structural economic reforms, economic openness and greater
movement of people.
Dynamic economic growth in Asia and the Pacific- driven by competitive integration into glob
al markets for goods, services and investment - has spurred nearly 3 million Asian workers
every year to seek employment abroad. These migrant workers face a variety of forms of dis
crimination in Europe and the Middle East, and increasingly within the Asian region itself.
A recent survey in Asia showed that one in six respondents who were living with HIV/AIDS
had been discriminated in the workplace. A higher proportion of respondents experienced
workplace discrimination in the Philippines (21 per cent) than in other countries in the region
(15 per cent in Indonesia, 12 per cent in India and 7 per cent in Thailand).
The law protects you against unfair treatment and dismissal because of childbirth or because you have taken maternity leave.
discrimination during maternity leave
your rights during maternity leave, and
returning to work
If you have been dismissed or treated unfairly during pregnancy, see the information sheet Pregnancy Discrimination.
Your rights during maternity leave:
- all employees have the right to 52 weeks maternity leave with the right to return to work.
- you are entitled to all your contractual terms and conditions during maternity leave, apart from your pay.
- you have the right to be offered a suitable alternative vacancy if you are made redundant during maternity leave.
- you have the right to ask for flexible work.
- you are protected against unfair treatment, unfair dismissal and sex discrimination because of pregnancy, childbirth and maternity leave.
See Pregnant at work for more information on your rights during pregnancy and maternity leave.