Met Police officer Carol Howard was bullied by her boss on account of her sex and race – so why did she find it so difficult to win her case? – The Independent

‘As a black – and female – firearms officer, Carol Howard stood out in the Metropolitan Police’s Diplomatic Protection Group (DPG), one of only 12 women in a unit of 700. She had wanted to join the police from a young age and was incredibly proud of her job. But instead of being rewarded for her tenacity in such an environment, she was treated with suspicion, passed over for promotion and subjected to intense scrutiny.’

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The Independent, 17th June 2015

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Architect accused by boss of ‘maternity paranoia’ wins £250k payout – Daily Telegraph

‘Tribunal hears Julie Humphryes felt she was being ‘marginalised by the company’ while she was on maternity leave.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th June 2015

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Centre cancels ‘illegal’ women-only screening of film by Jewish director – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2015 in artistic works, equality, Judaism, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘A Jewish community centre in north west London has cancelled plans to show the controversial Israeli drama Gift of Fire after admitting proposals to ban men from a screening were most likely illegal under UK equality laws.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2015

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Belgravia Auto Valet advert is banned by the ASA for being ‘sexist’ and ‘demeaning to women’ – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘An online advert for a London car wash which showed young bikini-clad women pouring soapy water over themselves has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – after receiving just one complaint.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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Men-only divorce law firm for fathers feeling let down by family courts to open in London – The Independent

Posted May 18th, 2015 in children, divorce, law firms, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘Men-only divorce law firms look set to be the latest import from America as Britain’s first practice targeting fathers who feel hard done by in the family courts sets up in London.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2015

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Court of Appeal: female prisoners released to bail hostels are not discriminated against – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted May 13th, 2015 in bail, news, prisons, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal recently grappled with Approved Premises for women in the case of Coll v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 328. The appellant is serving a mandatory life sentence for murder and brought the challenge on the basis that women have been the subject unlawful sex discrimination as a result of the AP regime. It was argued it was both direct and indirect discrimination. In the High Court, Justice Cranston upheld a separate submission that the Secretary of State (SSJ) was in breach of its public sector equality duty (S.149 Equality Act 2010). This finding was not appealed by the SSJ in the Court of Appeal.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 12th May 2015

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Banker who won tribunal after being dubbed ‘Crazy Miss Cokehead’ warns others against taking legal action – Daily Telegraph

‘A banker awarded £3.2 million for sexual harassment after being nicknamed “Crazy Miss Cokehead” and “Miss Bonkers” by bullying male colleagues has described her tribunal as “hell” and cautioned other victims thinking of pursuing a similar claim.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2015

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Transgender father loses court battle over children’s birth certificates – Daily Telegraph

‘She claimed it was discrimination and a breach of her human right to respect for her private and family life not to take the description ‘father’ off the children’s birth certificates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2015

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Rents and Equality. Barnet, again – Nearly Legal

‘It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor’s casting vote) are determined to carry on with their plan to raise rents for council tenants, new and existing, to 80% of market rent or top of LHA rates, whichever is lowest.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th April 2015

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R (on the application of SG and others ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Supreme Court

R (on the application of SG and others ) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] UKSC 16 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th March 2015

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Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Regina (Coll) v Secretary of State for Justice [2015] EWCA Civ 328; [2015] WLR (D) 157

‘In providing approved premises for women released from prison on licence, the Secretary of State for Justice had not discriminated directly under section 13 of the Equality Act 2010 or indirectly under section 19.’

WLR Daily, 31st March 2015

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Banker dubbed ‘Crazy Miss Cokehead’ awarded £3.2m for sexual harassment – Daily Telegraph

‘Cambridge graduate Svetlana Lokhova in cash payout from London branch of Sberbank CIB after being driven to mental breakdown by bullying colleagues.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th April 2015

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R (on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent) [2015] UKSC 16 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 18th March 2015

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Supreme Court splits the baby over the benefit cap – Mike Spencer – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R(on the application of SG and others (previously JS and others)) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2015] UKSC 16. The Supreme Court was sharply divided yesterday over whether the benefit cap breaches the Human Rights Act.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th March 2015

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The Equality Act 2010: The interplay of the employment and educational protections – No. 5 Chambers

Posted March 18th, 2015 in appeals, education, employment, equality, news, sex discrimination, tribunals by sally

‘In this case the legislative framework at play was the interplay between the education and employment protections in the Equality Act 2010 (‘the Act’). S56(5) was the particular provision under the microscope, which provides that training or guidance covered by s91(within the education provisions of the Act) falls outside the employment services protection afforded by s55; it provides that s56 ‘does not apply in relation to training or guidance for students of an institution to which s91 applies in so far as it is training or guidance to which the governing body of the institution has power to afford access’.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 12th January 2015

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Blackwood v Birmingham: Neither the Time nor the Placement – Cloisters

‘In Blackwood v Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust UKEAT/0130/14 the EAT was faced with a jurisdictional issue which is of practical importance but is somewhat bereft of appellate guidance. Since the CA is due to hear an appeal in July 2015, the decision is still in a state of flux.’

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Cloisters, 3rd February 2015

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£1,200 tribunal fee prompts 40 per cent fall in pregnancy-discrimination claims – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2015 in employment tribunals, fees, news, pregnancy, sex discrimination, statistics by sally

‘The number of women lodging pregnancy-discrimination claims has fallen by 40 per cent since the Government introduced fees of £1,200 to go to a tribunal, new figures have revealed.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2015

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Dow Jones worker ‘made to dress as Santa’ wins unfair dismissal case – BBC News

‘A middle-aged accountant who said he was forced to dress up as Father Christmas and branded an “old buffer” has won his claim for unfair dismissal.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2015

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MPs reject backbench bid to amend abortion laws – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2015 in abortion, amendments, gender, news, parliament, sex discrimination by sally

‘MPs have defeated a cross-party bid to clarify in law that abortion on the grounds of gender alone is illegal in the UK.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2015

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Gendercide abortion law is ‘a risk to mothers’ – The Independent

Posted February 19th, 2015 in abortion, crime, gender, health, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Women’s rights campaigners are calling on MPs to vote against criminalising abortion on grounds of a child’s gender because it could drive the problem underground.’

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The Independent, 18th February 2015

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