Government’s universal credit roll-out is unlawfully discriminating against disabled people, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2018 in benefits, disability discrimination, news by tracey

‘In a landmark judgment, the court ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) unlawfully discriminated against two severely disabled men who both saw their benefits dramatically reduced when they claimed universal credit.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2018

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Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2018 in disability discrimination, equality, news, parks by tracey

‘A severely disabled boy is suing a theme park for failing to provide a suitable “changing places” lavatory.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2018

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Disabled teacher who showed horror film to class wins £646k payout – Local Government Lawyer

‘A disabled teacher who showed the 18-rated film Halloween to a class of 15- and 16-year-olds has had his claim for discrimination arising from disability upheld in the Court of Appeal and is reportedly set to receive a £646,000 payout.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th May 2018

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Employment tribunal vindicates law firm’s denial that former employee was disabled – Legal Futures

‘A judge has dismissed a claim by a law firm paralegal that he was the victim of disability discrimination, finding he had “dishonestly” altered a document about his medical condition and that, in any case, he had not told his employer about his supposed post-traumatic stress disorder.’

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Legal Futures, 18th April 2018

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Case brought against ‘Little Mix’ promoter puts discrimination laws in the spotlight, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 26th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disabled persons, equality, media, news by sally

‘A legal case brought against the promoters of a concert for one of the UK’s most popular bands highlights the risks to businesses if they do not make their services accessible to all.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th January 2018

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Practical consequences of misconduct panel liability for discrimination – UK Police Law Blog

Posted January 24th, 2018 in disability discrimination, disciplinary procedures, immunity, news, police by tracey

‘What are the practical consequences of the removal of judicial immunity for police misconduct panels in discrimination cases? This article considers that the acts that give rise to a cause of action, the common scenarios in which these could arise and the practical steps to take to address or avoid such issues.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 23rd January 2018

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Taxi driver found guilty of refusing to take blind man and his guide dog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in conditional discharge, costs, disability discrimination, news, sentencing, taxis by sally

‘A taxi driver operating in Sandwell has been found guilty of refusing to take a blind man and his guide dog.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd January 2018

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Leading employment law provider unfairly dismissed senior employee, tribunal finds – Legal Futures

‘The leading unregulated provider of employment law services unfairly dismissed a senior employee, an employment tribunal has found.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd January 2018

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Galilee Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis – Old Square Chambers

‘Is the ET required, when deciding whether to give permission to amend a claim to add a new claim which may be out of time, to decide the ‘time point’? Not necessarily, according to the judgment of the EAT in Galilee v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis.’

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Old Square Chambers, 30th November 2017

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Michalak v General Medical Council – Blackstone Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has decided that a doctor is not prevented from suing the GMC in the Employment Tribunal (“ET”) under the Equality Act 2010 (“2010 Act”) by the availability of judicial review.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 1st November 2017

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Black former Met officer wins right to sue for discrimination – The Guardian

‘Supreme court ruling hailed as gamechanger by Race4Justice, which says professionals in many fields will now get full protection of equality legislation.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2017

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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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