This case represents an important victory for the rights of free speech during employment. The case focused on the use of speech codes in the workplace, which is interesting from a First Amendment perspective, and the increasing use of the power by the employer to impose restrictions on free speech and of dissenting views by…

The case concerned Margaret Jones, a Registrar with Bedford Council, who refused to conduct same-sex weddings. All civil ceremonies require two members of staff – one to conduct and one to register – Margaret agreed to register the marriage but was unwilling to conduct the ceremony, as she believed marriage can only be between one…

Paul Diamond represented Philip Williamson and a number of other head teachers at Christian private schools, who wished to use corporal punishment as a disciplinary device in their schools.  Paul took this case to the House of Lords; the judgment in the Court of Appeal is a seminal judgment on manifestation of religious practice. The case…

Victoria Wasteney, a senior NHS occupational therapist was suspended for nine months after giving a Christian book to a Muslim colleague. Victoria then received a written warning following allegations of ‘harassment and bullying’ by a Muslim staff-member. An Employment Tribunal ruled that Victoria’s employer was justified in disciplining her for giving a Christian book to a…

McFarlane v United Kingdom:  Gary McFarlane, a relationship counsellor from Bristol, was dismissed for gross misconduct by Relate after he refused to confirm that he would provide directive sex therapy to homosexual couples due to his religious beliefs. Mr McFarlane had never refused to comply with a request from his employer.  The case was heard…

Disability rights campaigners have launched legal action against the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Alison Saunders, and the Attorney General over recent liberalisation of the prosecution policy in relation to the law on assisted suicide.   An application for Judicial Review was granted on Tuesday 28th April in the High Court.   The Suicide Act…

 

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