You are here

Arthur C Redfearn v Serco Ltd (T/A West Yorkshire Transport Service)

An employee, dismissed after he was elected as a councillor for the British National Party, had not been dismissed ‘on racial grounds’ for the purpose of s 1(1)(a) of the Race Relations Act 1976, even though his employer had taken into account racial considerations. The decision in Showboat Entertainment Centre Ltd v Owens [1984] ICR 64 did not mean that an employer, who was not pursuing a policy of race discrimination, or who was pursuing a policy of anti-race discrimination, could be liable for race discrimination.

2 June 2006

The appellant employer (W) appealed against the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal allowing an appeal by the respondent former employee (R) against the decision of the employment tribunal that he had not been dismissed by W on racial grounds. R, who was white, had been employed by W as a bus driver and escort for people with disabilities. A local newspaper identified R as a British National Party (BNP) candidate in forthcoming local elections. The BNP sought the restoration of Britain as a predominantly white nation. Representations were received from unions and other employees expressing concern about the employment of a BNP candidate particularly as a large proportion of W’s passengers and workforce were of Asian origin. R was elected as a local councillor and was subsequently summarily dismissed by W on the basis that his employment would present a risk to the health and safety of its employees and passengers and would jeopardise W’s reputation. R claimed racial discr...

Want to read on?

This article is part of our subscription-based access. Please pick one of the options below to continue.

Already registered? Login to access premium content

SUBSCRIBE for one User

Unlimited access to the entire SJ website for a full year for one user.

  • 10 issues a year delivered to you
  • Digital edition of the magazine for one user – sent to your inbox or accessible through the website
  • Access to premium content on the website
  • Access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online
  • Advanced search feature
  • Online support
  • Access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices – coming soon!
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

Subscribe

CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTION

Your department or entire firm can subscribe to Solicitors Journal online, providing easy access for all who require it. Discount corporate subscription rates apply, based on number of users.

The Corporate IP Licence includes:

  • Digital copy of the magazine sent to individuals’ inboxes and accessible through the website. Solicitors Journal publishes 10 issues per year
  • Unlimited access to premium content on the website based on IP addresses
  • Unlimited access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online (username required)
  • Unlimited access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

The Corporate IP Licence is tailored to your firm, making it the most cost effective way for the firm to access Solicitors Journal, and enables the firm to remain compliant with copyright and our Terms and Conditions. This gives you the ability to print and circulate articles within the firm.

To enquire about a Corporate IP Licence for your firm, please contact our Subscriptions Manager on emily.beechey@solicitorsjournal.com.