Protected characteristics - What does the future hold?

In this latest episode, our Employment Law experts look at how societal change has accelerated the need to recognise individual beliefs and characteristics that are worthy of respect in a democratic society. The question is how out of step is the current set of protected characteristics? Do we have a flexible baseline that allows the law to evolve? Can the courts adapt and evolve the position to cover our changing times? Or should we be adopting a dramatically different model that doesn’t seek to define the specific characteristics at all? What would the consequences of that be for employers in terms of managing conflict in the workplace?

Hosted by Employment & Immigration Law Partner, Adam Williams, with Employment Partners Abigail Maino and Rebecca Thornley-Gibson joining the discussion.

About the authors

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Abigail Maino


Employment specialist providing commercially focussed support and strategic advice to businesses and senior executives.
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Rebecca Thornley-Gibson


Specialist in contract and policy frameworks, employee relations, employment tribunal litigation and senior executive terms and exits.
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Adam Williams


Specialises in guiding corporate clients through UK business immigration and labour law aspects of operating in the UK and moving people across borders.

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