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Workers are protected against suffering discrimination in relation to a number of different protected characteristics – age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation

The world has moved on from the Bristol Boycott of 1963, where the Bristol Omnibus Company refused to employ black or Asian bus crews in the city of Bristol. Or at least it should have done. However, a quick search of the web shows that discrimination of staff or by staff to the public they serve is still commonplace.

Take the 2015 of Mr Thompson, a bus driver for London Central Bus Company Ltd, who brought a claim for victimisation under the Equality Act because he was dismissed following an incident in which he gave his high-visibility vest to another employee. His claim eventually won even though the incident involved a colleague. Now an individual can bring an ‘associated’ victimisation claim on the basis that he suffered as a result of another carrying out a protected act.

Even the RMT Busworkers’ Handbook recognises that sector may have an issue as it offers guidance on discrimination and Employment Tribunals.[…]

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