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Things Not to Say to Your Employees: Discrimination at Work

In the news last week, a former Specsavers employee won her claim of disability discrimination in the Employment Tribunal after her manager told her to “pull yourself together”.  As an employment law solicitor, I often cringe when I hear stories of “what the boss said” or about ‘so-called’ banter in the workplace.  This case proves just how easy it is to say the wrong thing or make a naïve comment which lands an employer in court.

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Facebook comments several weeks apart can amount to a continuing act!

Facebook is a social media forum which has over a billion members; therefore the odds of employees nothaving an account are slim. Hence over the last couple of years we have seen a rise in allegations of discrimination arising from comments made on Facebook (as well as other social media forums).

The general time limit for bringing a discrimination complaint to the employment tribunal is three months from the date of the last discriminatory act. However for the purposes of discrimination when do social media comments amount to being a continuing act?

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