Winning business on the golf course carries risk of tribunal

first_img Comments are closed. The age-old commercial tradition of schmoozing clients on the golf coursecould land companies in tribunal following new amendments to discriminationlaws, warns a leading employment adviser. The Sex Discrimination (Indirect Discrimination and Burden of Proof)Regulations 2001, which come into effect on 12 October, have widened the scopeof indirect discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to include notjust strict terms and conditions of employment but also employers’”provisions, criteria and practices”. The much wider definition could outlaw any apparently neutral practices thatfavour men more than women, such as wooing clients over a game of golf, saidJoanna Blackburn of law firm Mishcon de Reya. “This is not a frivolous proposition. Statistically, less women thanmen play golf. If these types of marketing activities give employees a chanceto meet and win business from clients, which leads to the employee beingperceived as more valuable, the possible discriminatory consequences are clear.”The woman could find her pay or promotion chances are suppressed. Itcould end in her losing her job in circumstances where the employer is requiredto make redundancies.” Blackburn urged HR to audit its organisations for practices or policies thatcould have a disproportionate effect on one sex, and to implement awarenesstraining for managers. “Where many companies still fall down in employment tribunals is inbeing unable to show that they have put otherwise good equal opportunitiespolicies into practice,” she says. “A tribunal is far less likely to be impressed by a manager with noreal understanding of the discrimination laws than one who has been properlytrained.” Winning business on the golf course carries risk of tribunalOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more