Top Discrimination Decisions of 2022: five cases education lawyers should know – 3PB

‘Discrimination law is a complex and constantly evolving area of practice. Cases this year have provided clarification, enforcement and development of the legal principles underpinning claims under the Equality Act 2010 (“EqA”).’

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3PB, 13th December 2022

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Law firm did not discriminate against disabled paralegal – Legal Futures

‘An employment tribunal has rejected disability discrimination claims made against a Welsh law firm by a paralegal dismissed after just nine days for his poor timekeeping.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2023

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

What the latest employment tribunal statistics reveal – Mills & Reeve

‘The Government published the latest quarterly and annual statistics last month. We explore what they reveal about the volume of claims and levels of compensation.’

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Mills & Reeve, 4th January 2023

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Disability discrimination – House of Commons Library

Posted January 5th, 2023 in disability discrimination, equality, news by sally

‘This briefing provides an overview of disability discrimination law and explains legal duties to consider the needs of disabled people.’

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House of Commons Library, 4th January 2023

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Inns under fire for sluggish approach to disability access – Legal Futures

‘The inns of court are slow to act on behalf of disabled barristers and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to set push them to improve access in listed buildings, an event to mark the launch of the Bar’s Disability Taskforce heard last week.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Appeal Begins For People Fighting For The £20 Uplift In Universal Credit Payments – Each Other

Posted December 8th, 2022 in appeals, benefits, coronavirus, disability discrimination, judicial review, news by sally

‘Two million people on legacy benefits missed out more than £1,500 in extra Universal Credit support payments during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK. Four claimants brought a challenge to the High Court in November 2021 in relation to the UK government’s failure to apply a similar increase to legacy benefits. Today, the Court of Appeal will heard the case.’

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Each Other, 7th December 2022

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Dyslexic M&S worker wins payout after being sacked over mistakes in emails – The Independent

‘A dyslexic Marks and Spencer worker has won more than £50,000 after losing her job following concerns about mistakes in her emails.’

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The Independent, 27th November 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Woman with Down’s syndrome loses abortion law appeal – BBC News

‘A woman with Down’s syndrome has lost her appeal over a law that allows abortion up until birth for a foetus with the condition.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Removal process for judges ‘unconstitutional’, support network tells MoJ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A new policy designed to remove judges from office if they have been long absent from work due to ill health would be unconstitutional, a support network for judges has told the government.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 20th October 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Tommy Jessop: Why I investigated care for patients like me – BBC News

‘People with a learning disability are more than twice as likely to die from avoidable causes than the rest of the population. Actor Tommy Jessop and BBC Panorama investigated some of the stories of families who say they were let down by their medical care.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Staff at Home Office contractors sue over discrimination and unfair dismissal – The Guardian

‘Dozens of security staff who detain and deport people for the Home Office are taking legal action over race, sex, disability discrimination and unfair dismissal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2022

Source: www.theguardian.com

Unfavourable Treatment and section 15 Equality Act 2010 – Local Government Lawyer

‘Peter Doughty unpacks the decision in Michael Cowie and Others v Scottish Fire and Rescue Service [2022] EAT 121, which involved a Special Leave scheme set up during the pandemic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th September 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Permanent exclusion decisions and disability discrimination claims – Local Government Lawyer

‘The First-tier Tribunal (SEND) has no power to stay a permanent exclusion decision pending the final hearing of a disability discrimination claim, the Upper Tribunal confirmed. Katherine Anderson analyses the judgment.’

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Local Government Lawyer. 19th August 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Major change to taxi and private hire vehicle accessibility legislation comes into force – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022 – described as “the most significant change to taxi accessibility legislation since the Equality Act was introduced 12 years ago” – has come into force.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th July 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court of Appeal Refuses Permission to Judicially Review Infected Blood Compensation Scheme – Quarterly Medical Law Review

‘In a judgment handed down on 4 February 2022, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal for permission to apply for judicial review concerning the lawfulness of the England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS) (the “Scheme”). The Court of Appeal concluded that the Scheme’s exclusion of those infected with hepatitis B was not discriminatory. In any event, the Secretary of State’s justification for who was to be compensated under the ex gratia Scheme was to be given a wide margin of appreciation by the courts.’

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Quarterly Medical Law Review , 24th June 2022

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Long Covid is a disability, tribunal rules in landmark case – Daily Telegraph

‘Long Covid is a disability, a tribunal has ruled in what employment experts say could result in a “significant increase” in the number of claims brought by people suffering with the syndrome.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2022

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Cat ban’ case could provide Equality Act clarity for service providers – OUT-LAW.com

‘A case brought by an autistic man against a UK supermarket chain for refusing entry to his assistance cat could help to clarify a complex area of equality law, according to one legal expert.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th June 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

The Government’s Social Care Cap ‘Discriminates’ Against Disabled People – Each Other

‘In the UK, social care that is provided by councils is “means-tested”. This means that those whose income or capital is above a particular threshold are charged in part or in full for their care. People who need residential care or long-term support can pay many thousands of pounds for care over their lifetime, with some having to sell their home to pay for this.’

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Each Other, 27th May 2022

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R (Sheakh) v Lambeth London Borough Council – Equality Law Blog

‘The Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal, based on the PSED, from the order of Kerr LJ refusing the claimant’s application for statutory and judicial review of experimental traffic orders (ETOs) creating Low Traffic Neighbourhoods which had been made by the respondent.’

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Equality Law Blog, 24th May 2022

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System failure led to default judgment against leading law firm – Legal Futures

‘Leading legal aid firm Duncan Lewis has been ordered to pay a former director costs of £6,500 for setting aside a default employment tribunal judgment caused by its internal failures.’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk