Whether you are advising a claimant or respondent, employment law in all its complexities can present a formidable challenge, especially in discrimination claims. ‘Writing this book has felt a little like trying to catch leaves in the autumn, ’declare the authors, Keen & Oulton in their 400 page paperback. ‘As the winds of change have continued to gust through this area of the law, it seems as though [we] have been standing under the tree for a very long time indeed’. They caught the leaves for us!
Quite so! Which explains better than we can why, if you are an employment lawyer, you should know about –and buy -- the descriptively titled ‘Disability Discrimination in Employment’ recently published by OUP in 10 chapters with 5 appendices. Confronted with the grim realities of an employment tribunal, you will certainly find this book an invaluable help in preparing for it if you have not covered this aspect of equality policy before.
“Keen & Oulton” contains everything you need to know -- in particular, about running a disability discrimination claim, or defending one, both in terms of procedure and substantive law, and there is a masterful index with excellent detail.
And if you’re providing non-contentious advice, the book lends your deliberations and opinions the weight of well nigh unassailable authority.
For convenience and, of course, for the efficient conduct of a case, the book allows quick access to key cases and materials and summarises and distills the concepts set out in the legislation.
Appendices include the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Parts I, II, and VIII, and Schedules 1 to3, as amended; the Framework Directive for Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation,; and the Disability Communication Guide produced by the Employers’ Forum on Disability. You’ll also find a list of cases from the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal, and House of Lords, organized by reference to disability.
Distinguished for its logical structure and plain language, the book deals in detail with all the issues pertinent to this complex and evolving area of law including: the meaning of disability…the duty to make reasonable adjustments … victimization … harassment … remedies, and a very helpful chapter on practice and procedure in the tribunal- and much more for the practitioner in this new litigation area.
As you would expect from an excellent work of reference like this, there are extensive tables of cases, legislation, statutory instruments and European legislation.
If you practice regularly or even occasionally in this difficult and often sensitive area, having access to this indispensable book could well make all the difference in helping you achieve a positive outcome for your client, and you will certainly catch all the leaves as they fall.