Q: I hold a team meeting each Wednesday afternoon as a mid-week checkpoint. It allows the team to discuss any issues that have come up, in time to conclude them before the week-end. For personal reasons, two members of my team take Wednesday afternoons off. Is this indirect discrimination?
A: It could be indirect discrimination if you do not have a legitimate need to hold the meeting on Wednesday afternoons, or if there are other appropriate ways to meet your needs. You appear to have a legitimate need for the meeting (monitoring your team’s progress and being available for their questions) but do you really have to hold it on a Wednesday afternoon? Could you obtain the same result by holding the meeting earlier in the day or first thing on Thursday morning?