The Employment Appeals Tribunal has held that directors of an organisation can be liable for discrimination.

What does this mean?

Directors who discriminate against their staff could find themselves personally liable to pay compensation. This is in addition to any compensation the organisation may have to pay.

What should employers do?

Employers should take steps to prevent discrimination in the workplace.  This may be by ensuring that clear written policies relating to discrimination and harassment are in place, by providing staff with training in these areas and by promoting a culture of compliance with such policies. Organisations should also consider putting insurance schemes in place to protect Directors against claims in such circumstances.