Nicholas Siddall advised a national print distributor on the potential legal issues arising from its distribution in the UK of the
special edition of Charlie Hebdo.
Nicholas was asked to address the lawfulness of an
instruction to the employees of the distributor in circumstances where moral
and security objections were raised as to the distribution of the magazine. The
issues were complicated requiring consideration of the general lawfulness of
any instruction, the potential impact of sections 45 and 100 of the Employment
Rights Act 1996, the risk of religious harassment allegations under the
provisions of the Equality Act and whether steps other than the institution of
disciplinary proceedings may be appropriate.
In the light of recent tragic events in Paris Charlie Hebdo
currently has a notoriety that it has not always held in the past. However the
decision to distribute and sell that special edition may cause a series of
uncontemplated issues for the distributors and vendors of the magazine as
regards their own employees. Click here to read an article in which Nicholas Siddall explores some of the issues.