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  • Discrimination Case Law
    Redfearn v Serco (25 May 2006)

    This judgement overturned one of the most controversial decisions in UK employment law history made by the Employment Appeal Tribunal which suggested that an employee who was dismissed for standing for election for the British National Party (BNP) could claim direct discrimination “on racial grounds”.

  • Discrimination Case Law
    Shamoon v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (27 February 2003)

    In direct discrimination cases, the choice of comparator to show less favourable treatment is often a key issue. This House of Lords decision sets down some important ground rules, including the principle of using ‘hypothetical’ comparators where actual ones are not possible.

  • Discrimination Case Law
    Smith v Safeway Plc (1996)

    In this case about dress code the Court of Appeal drew a distinction between treating men and women differently, which is not necessarily discriminatory, and discrimination against men or women where one sex being ends up being treated ‘less favourably’ than the other.

  • Discrimination Case Law
    Webb v EMO Air Cargo (UK) Ltd (14 July 1994)

    In addition to restating that there is no requirement for a comparator in order to evidence ‘unfavourable treatment’ in cases of discrimination relating to pregnancy and maternity (as in Dekker v VJV, 1993) this case also made crystal clear that pregnancy is not an illness, and that a pregnant woman is not the same as a sick man.

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