Why Isn’t Fat Shaming Officially Discrimination in Law? – Rightsinfo

Posted September 18th, 2017 in disability discrimination, EC law, equality, human rights, legislation, news by tracey

‘When people complain about mistreatment at work or school based on their weight, many of us feel great sympathy, so why isn’t weight discrimination unlawful in the same way as racism, for example, or gender discrimination?’

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Rightsinfo, 18th September 2017

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Discrimination Update – 11KBW

‘Almost everyone has an immediate intuitive understanding of direct discrimination. That is not to say that there are no difficult cases, but the core concept is easily grasped. Imagine an employer with an express policy of refusing to employ women. In a case of that sort the discrimination is obvious. To use the language of Equality Act 2010, s. 13, the employer treats women less favourably because of their sex. The reason for the simplicity of direct discrimination is that it usually needs no context for the discriminatory impact of the criterion to be apparent. The criterion is inherently discriminatory.’

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11KBW, 10th August 2017

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The EAT issues guidance on in-time amendment applications – Cloisters

‘Navid Pourghazi considers the recent decision in Gillett v Bridge 86 Ltd (UKEAT/0015/17/DM) where the EAT overturned a refusal of an in-time application to amend a claim form and provided helpful guidance on how Tribunals should deal with such applications in the future. A copy of the judgment is available here.’

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Cloisters, 27th July 2017

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London borough wins appeal over housing policy favouring working families – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Ealing has won an appeal over to its policy of reserving certain homes for “working families” and “model tenants”.

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2017

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Service Occupiers: Exclusion from Security of Tenure Regime Compatible with ECHR – Garden Court Chambers

‘The claimant, Hertfordshire County Council, were the owners of a bungalow occupied by the defendant, Mr Davies, and his family. The accommodation was tied to a local school, and Mr Davies had lived there since 2003 in his role as caretaker for the school.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 5th July 2017

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Fair share – Counsel

‘All members should feel that chambers is doing their best for them. But how can you check work is being allocated fairly, and how can clerks demonstrate the fact of fairness? Rachel Crasnow QC reports from a seminar addressing these concerns.’

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Counsel, June 2017

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Judge catches ‘disability discrimination’ couple speeding on their mobility scooters – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 30th, 2017 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, energy, news, warrants by sally

‘A sharp-eyed judge rumbled a couple who claimed they were victims of disability benefit when he caught them speeding on their mobility scooters during a court break.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2017

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Disability Discrimination: “Perception Versus Reality” By Nicholas Siddall – Littleton Chambers

Posted May 17th, 2017 in disability discrimination, employment tribunals, equality, news by sally

Nicholas Siddall analyses the decision of the EAT in Peninsula v Baker [2017] UKEAT/0241/16 and the arguably anomalous position that this creates as regards disability in the context of equality law.

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Littleton Chambers, 16th May 2017

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Government discriminated against job applicant with Asperger’s – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government Legal Service (GLS) discriminated against a woman with Asperger’s syndrome, who had applied to join it, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th May 2017

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Government lawyers discriminated against autistic student with training contract test, EAT rules – Legal Futures

Posted May 8th, 2017 in autism, disability discrimination, examinations, news by sally

‘The Government Legal Service (GLS) discriminated against a law graduate with Asperger’s Syndrome by refusing to make reasonable adjustments when she took a test that forms part of the application process for training contracts, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2017

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Community contribution, priority stars and discrimination – Nearly Legal

‘This was a judicial review of Southwark’s allocation policy as it applied to transfers. Specifically, the issue was whether Southwark’s policy, in awarding ‘priority stars’ for ‘community contribution’ discriminated against women and the disabled.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th April 2017

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Gym goer who complained music was not motivating wins damages after an instructor humiliated him over microphone for complaint – Daily Telegraph

‘A fitness enthusiast who complained his gym’s music was not motivating enough has won damages after an instructor humiliated him over a microphone for complaining.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2017

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‘Self-employed’ plumber had rights as ‘worker’, but not employee, appeal court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘A purportedly self-employed plumber engaged through a London-based firm was a ‘worker’, entitled to paid holiday rights and the right to bring a claim for disability discrimination, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th February 2017

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‘Wheelchair v buggy’: Man wins Supreme Court case – BBC News

‘A disabled man has won a Supreme Court case after a dispute with a woman with a buggy over wheelchair space on a bus.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2017

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Supreme Court to rule next week on disability discrimination and public services – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 13th, 2017 in disability discrimination, news, Supreme Court, transport by tracey

‘The Supreme Court will next week hand down a key ruling on the reasonable adjustments which a bus company is required to make to accommodate disabled wheelchair users.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th January 2017

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Wheelchair dancer sues company over dance floor ban – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2016 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, news by sally

‘A disabled dancer is taking legal action after he was banned from an event over claims his wheelchair damaged the dance floor.’

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BBC News, 29th November 2016

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With and without foundation – Bedroom tax in Supreme Court – Nearly Legal

‘The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the culmination of years of cases on the discriminatory impact of the ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’ – the bedroom tax. The outcome was mixed, even including a split judgment on one case, but in at least one respect, the bedroom tax regulations were held to unlawfully and unjustifiably discriminate against households with disabled members.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th November 2016

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Families win supreme court appeals over ‘unfair’ bedroom tax – The Guardian

‘Two families who claimed that the bedroom tax, which restricts housing subsidies, was unfair have won their appeals against the UK government at the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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Unfair dismissal cases slump under tribunal fee system, study shows – The Guardian

‘The number of workers taking claims of unfair dismissal or discrimination to employment tribunals has slumped since charges came into force, a study has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2016

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Councillor wins battle with parish over failure to provide reading aid – Local Government Lawyer

‘A parish council discriminated against a councillor with visual impairment by failing to provide him with reading aids to carry out his duties. That finding has come following six employment tribunal hearings in Bedford and Huntingdon between November 2015 and May 2016 concerning former Brixworth parish councillor Stephen Pointer.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd August 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk