One of my employees is returning to work after maternity leave. She has informed us that she has a right to work part time. Is this correct?
A: There is no absolute right to work part time. However, if you refuse her request without justification, it may amount to indirect sex discrimination or less favourable treatment of a part time worker. In deciding whether your requirements for her to work part time is justifiable, a Tribunal must not simply consider whether you have good reason for requiring her to work full time. Rather, a Tribunal will consider your reasons as against the discriminatory effect on the employee.