In September 2004, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) held that the downloading of pornography on the internet at work by a man in the presence of a woman can be regarded as sex discrimination. However, the EAT also held that an employer could have a defence if it could successfully prove that the woman was a party to what the man was doing.
From October 2004, companies and organisations that are open to the public have been required to ensure that their premises are reasonably accessible to disabled people. The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is about to bring the first action of its kind in respect of breaches of the new access rules. It is said that almost half of British companies have yet to comply with the new rules. The penalties for breaching the rules can be high – a fine...