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aThe Human Rights Act (HRA) provides that it will be unlawful for public authorities to act in a way that is incompatible with Convention rights. A public authority employee will have a direct claim for damages or an injunction if there is an infringement of the HRA. But an employee in the private sector may also bring a claim if the employer exercises mixed public and private functions (a so-called hybrid body), or in respect of a purely private sector employer, by arguing that another claim (such as discrimination or unfair dismissal) has to be interpreted in the context of and consistent with the Convention.There are a number of areas where employers could fall foul of the Act:

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