Kelly v Covance Laboratories Ltd [2015]

  • Case Reference
    0186 15 2010
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination and Equality
Issues covered: Race Discrimination

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal have tackled the issue of speaking a language other than English in the workplace. Her honour Judge Eady QC held that while it is possible that an instruction not to speak a particular language in the workplace had the potential to amount to an act of discrimination on the race ground, it was open to the employer to show that there might be an explanation for the instruction, other than that it was based on the race of the employee.

Background

Briefly, the facts were as follows: the respondent company was part of a large multinational company, and operated an

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This article is correct at 28/01/2016
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