Kelly v Covance Laboratories Ltd Posted In: Case Law
Case Reference0186 15 2010
Legal BodyEmployment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDiscrimination and Equality
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.
Briefly, the facts were as follows: the respondent company was part of a large multinational company, and operated an animal testing laboratory in the UK. It employed the Claimant, who was of Russian origin, subject to
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