Police guilty of discrimination against police officer

This wasn’t a case of sexism but a case of the police force discriminating against a mother of two who asked for flexible work hours so she could juggle a career and motherhood. She had been given a promotion in the police which was then taken away after she’d asked for the flexible hours.

The BBC reports how Hampshire Police have to pay just over £11,000 to Mrs Burden for her loss of earnings, pension and injury to her feelings. All employees with 26 weeks or more service will be allowed to request flexible working, which employers in turn must address in a ‘reasonable manner’. An employer can turn down your request if it affects how well you can do the job.

What is flexible working?  It is a variation of your working pattern, such as working from home, part-time working, flexi-time, job sharing and shift working.

The Human Rights Act also provides protection for people’s family life with Article 8 stating:

Everyone has the right to respect for his of her private and family life, home and correspondence. This right is subject to proportionate and lawful restrictions.

Article 8 is a broad-ranging right that is often closely connected with other rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of association and the right to respect for property. The government is forced under Article 8 to not interfere with the right itself and also to take some positive measures, for example, to criminalise extreme breaches of the right to a private life by private individuals.


5 thoughts on “Police guilty of discrimination against police officer

  1. I think that the mother got what she deserved since Hampshire Police were indirectly discriminating her by taking her promotion away just for asking for flexible work hours. She was not able to handle both work and taking care of her children therefore got drop from the promotions. The mother getting compensation from the Police was great news and well deserved.

  2. This is an interesting article, the woman got what she deserved after what she had continued to do. It shows that the woman is unable to look after her career and child.

  3. The mother got could not balance her working life and family life. This then led to her loosing her promotion because she asked about her working hours. The mother deserved her compensation rewarded from the police.

  4. Discrimination shouldn’t be a part of everyday life it’s simple. Doesn’t matter if it’s a police officer or a normal person. The lady should be able to look after her child.

  5. I think that the woman got what she deserved and if she asked for flexible hours to look after her family then the police force should have given it her straight away.

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