Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying in Employment

Objectives: to give delegates a sound working knowledge of the legal principles and requirements relating to discrimination, harassment and bullying in employment.

Workshop details

Objectives: to give delegates a sound working knowledge of the legal principles and requirements relating to discrimination, harassment and bullying in employment, including minimising the risks, the importance of taking all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination, dealing with allegations/suspicions and understanding the liability of both the employer and the individual.

Duration: Single day workshop

Programmes are agreed on a client by client basis.

Details of the subjects covered in this programme:

  • Defining Discrimination
  • Liability and Penalties:
    • Personal and corporate liability
    • Penalties and awards at Employment Tribunal
  • The Equality Act 2010, including:
    • Protected characteristics
    • Outline of key legal principles
    • The burden of proof
    • Direct discrimination
    • Indirect discrimination, including:
    • Provisions, criteria and practices
    • An employer’s defence, including:
    • Taking all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination
    • Proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim
    • Associative discrimination
    • Discrimination through perception
  • Disability Discrimination, including:
    • Definitions and legal requirements
    • Identifying a disabled person
    • Direct and indirect discrimination
    • Disability by association/through perception
    • Discrimination arising from disability
    • Duty to make reasonable adjustments – nature and extent
  • Pregnancy, Maternity and Discrimination, including:
    • Outline of key legal issues
    • Rights following maternity leave
    • Requests for other jobs, part-time/flexible working
  • Minimising the Risk of Discrimination in Recruitment:
    • Importance of job descriptions and person specifications
    • Competency based recruitment and selection – the benefits
    • Interviews – structuring appropriate questions and unacceptable questioning
    • Selecting the right candidate – making good recruitment
    • Decisions and minimising the risks of discrimination
  • Harassment and Bullying at Work, including:
    • Key legal requirements relating to harassment in employment
    • Maintaining an acceptable working environment, including off site activities
    • External/offsite activities
    • Dealing with suspicions and complaints
    • The importance of identifying concerns and being pro-active
    • ‘Golden rules’ for dealing with issues
    • Bullying

Key learning points from the workshop will be addressed at various stages, with delegates participating in syndicate activities where actual Employment Tribunal cases will be considered.

If you would like someone to contact you in connection with the above, please get in touch with Anthony Wilcox, Partner in Employment Law.

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