Website update September to October 2020

Discrimination by algorithm in recruitment Artificial intelligence (AI) can have huge benefits, but may also be discriminatory. There are dangers it may discriminate against disabled people, including those who stammer, when used in recruitment. A particular concern is where AI software assesses a recorded interview done on the job applicant’s computer or smartphone, giving a … Read more Website update September to October 2020

Website updates July to August 2020

Stammering starting in adulthood Disability: Stammering starting in adulthood updated. Also summary of Walker v Sita, 2013 expanded and update of SCA Packaging v Boyle, 2009. Justification test in indirect discrimination Indirect discrimination>Justification defence added, plus case on it from a couple of years ago: City of Oxford Bus Services Ltd t/a Oxford Bus Company … Read more Website updates July to August 2020

Robinson v Department for Work and Pensions

An employment tribunal held that various failures by the employer, including delay in dealing with a grievance on disability, were unlawful ‘discrimination arising from disability’ (s.15 EqA). The Court of Appeal overturned the decision. The tribunal normally had to consider the employer’s thought processes in deciding whether the employer’s reason for the delay (or other … Read more Robinson v Department for Work and Pensions

G v British Airways

The tribunal refused to allow a claimant to amend his claim to add disability discrimination related to stammering. From listening to him, the tribunal said there was a “discernible, very mild stammer” which the tribunal very much doubted was a disability. In any event, the sheer weight of evidence explaining the rejection of his job … Read more G v British Airways

Website updates March to April 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Social distancing for Coronavirus can present extra challenges for people who stammer, as regards both employment and services. How might the Equality Act apply? See Coronavirus (Covid-19). Another issue is that courts are moving to more telephone and video hearings due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). How this impacts on stammering and other disabilities … Read more Website updates March to April 2020

Website updates November to December 2019

Special educational needs (SEN) Resolving disputes in schools and Special Educational Needs (SEN) and stammering updated, including for the 2014 SEN Code of Practice. Brexit Brexit page updated: Following the General Election result, the UK’s membership of the EU is likely to end on 31st January 2020, on the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. However … Read more Website updates November to December 2019