The government has published its response to the consultation on reforming the Employment Tribunal system this week.
Discrimination Time Limits: Continuing Acts
Hale v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
On the 6th to 8th December 2017 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) heard the case of Hale v Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The claimant was dismissed from his role as a Surgeon due to having grievances submitted about him claiming he had made offensive racial remarks. The claimant then claimed racial discrimination.
It was for the Tribunal to decide whether the act was a one-off with continuing consequences or a continuing act. The Tribunal had found that the claim made by the Claimant was out of time as the instigation of the disciplinary process was a one-off act.
The EAT disagreed with this decision. They argued that the Respondent had created a state of affairs originating from the start of the disciplinary process and continued until it had ended. Therefore, decided it was a continuing act and not a one-off act.
The EAT stated that it would be unnecessary for claimants to put forward a claim at every stage of a process and instead could rely on an act extending over a period of time. Based on this decision, time limits for bringing claims are likely to run from the last event in a process.