Welcome to the July edition of our employment law bulletin.

As temperatures soar, we consider some of the current hot topics for employers in four complex and interesting cases in the EAT and Court of Appeal.

In The Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Court of Appeal considered when stereotypical assumptions about a health condition might be direct disability discrimination.

The EAT examined the tricky issue of whether an employer will be expected to know about a disability in A Ltd v Z, particularly in the context of an employee who is secretive about the real reason for absences.

In Page v NHS Trust Development Authority, the EAT considered a claim by a Christian nonexecutive director that he had been discriminated against on the basis of his religion for speaking out against adoption by same-sex couples.

And in our Question of the Month for July, we consider the implications of an employee making a covert recording of a workplace meeting in the light of the recent EAT case of Phoenix House v Stockman.

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