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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at in-house HR teams and managers as an introduction to guarding against the potential for discriminatory practices to cause problems in their workforce. A frequently heard complaint in relation to employment and discrimination law is that employers are placed in an impossible dilemma, caught between the legal demands of equal opportunities and the needs of their business. This podcast aims to help correct this impression, by providing clear answers to some of the more thorny problems that arise in practice including ‘loose talk’, stereotyping, interview protocol, handling sensitive information and managing parental leave.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the risks posed by ‘loose talk’ or banter in the workplace and when that can turn into harassment or discrimination;
  • Understand when such conduct becomes unlawful, what an employer is expected to do about it and what defences may be available;
  • Understand the complex and nuanced issues surrounding the handling of personal or highly sensitive information in the workplace about individual employees;
  • Be aware of what are the ‘no-go’ areas when it comes to interviewing staff or conducting performance reviews;
  • Understand what may be involved in managing the expectations of employees who may not share protected characteristics;
  • Be aware of the potential sex discrimination minefield that comes with maternity leave and how best to navigate it.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • English v Thomas Sanderson Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 1421.

This podcast with two lawyers from a leading London employment law and discrimination firm is focussed on ‘troubleshooting’ some of the perennial issues experienced by those in personnel or HR departments concerning diversity, equal opportunities and discrimination in the workplace.

Podcast added: 07/11/11

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-06-25

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