Discrimination has been at the forefront of the news this month, often in the context of sport. Following on from Eva Carneiro taking legal action against Chelsea and Jose Mourinho following her exit as the club's first team doctor come further allegations of discrimination and unfair dismissal in the world of football.
First up was Lucy Ward, Leeds United's education and welfare officer, who won her case for unfair dismissal and sex discrimination after being sacked, allegedly, because she is the partner of Neil Redfearn, the club's former head coach. It was reported that during the Tribunal hearing a witness gave evidence that the clubs chairman, Massimo Cellino told a third party that women should be "in the bedroom or the beauticians". Mr Cellino did not give evidence at the hearing but denied he had made the comments.
Football continued to make the headlines with the news that Jonas Gutierrez had won his claim for disability discrimination against Newcastle United. Gutierrez had departed from the club in 2015 following treatment for testicular cancer. It is believed that Gutierrez was seeking in the region of £2m although compensation is yet to be decided upon. The club have also indicated that they are considering their options and they still have time to lodge an appeal against the findings if they have grounds to do so.
Exactly 100 days before the Rio Olympics attention was turned to the world of cycling. Shane Sutton, technical director at British Cycling, was suspended and subsequently resigned after allegations he has made sexist and discriminatory remarks towards elite cyclists. Sutton's contribution to the success of British cycling has been described by his predecessor, Dave Brailsford, as "immense" but allegations of referring to Paralympians as "gimps" and of telling Jess Varnish, a member of the 2012 Olympic squad, to "go and have a baby" led to Sutton stepping down.
Issues of equal pay in tennis also hit the headlines, with Novak Djokovic being bombarded with criticism after suggesting that it was acceptable for male players to be awarded more prize money because men's tennis pulled in more spectators than the women's game. Both Serena Williams and Andy Murray - who has previously had some stick for choosing a female coach - immediately came out in support of equal pay.
Junior doctors and Jeremy Hunt have seemed to never be out of the news in April, with a 2 day strike in England going ahead on 26 and 27 April. However, in addition to the strike action the British Medical Association have taken the step of launching a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of Mr Hunt's decision to impose the new junior doctor's contract of employment, an intention he had repeated in Parliament on 25 April. One of the criticisms of the new contract is the disproportionate impact it is alleged to have on women.
Finally, in the news this month were shareholders expressing anger over executive pay. In March BP shareholders voted against a 20% pay rise for chief executive Bob Dudley. Although the vote was non-binding BP's chairman stated that the sentiment would be reflected in future pay deals. In the last couple of weeks Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive at WPP - a worldwide advertising and marketing business - has had to defend his pay package; and 49% of investors at Shire, a biopharmaceutical company, voted against a 25% pay increase for chief executive Flemming Ornskov. At the end of April 72% of shareholders in engineering firm Weir Group voted against that firm's pay policy and it has subsequently been reported that Weir Group's board intend to discuss alternative plans with shareholders. It will be interesting to see whether shareholder revolts of this nature continue during 2016.