League Against Cruel Sports in legal battle with vegan ‘whistleblower’ – The Guardian

‘A leading animal welfare charity is locked in an acrimonious legal dispute with a former employee who claims he was dismissed for telling colleagues that its pension fund invested in companies that have been involved in animal testing.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2018

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Black lawyer accuses Northern Ireland immigration of racial profiling – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2018 in equality, immigration, news, Northern Ireland, race discrimination by sally

‘The Equality Commission is investigating allegations of racial profiling by Northern Ireland immigration officials, brought by a black British lawyer on the eve of a key Brexit vote on border checks in the region.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2018

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‘Shameless’ headlines on benefits family not defamatory – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 1st, 2018 in data protection, defamation, equality, malicious falsehood, media, news by sally

‘Forthright tabloid press coverage of an immigrant family’s decision to turn down an offer of a five-bedroom local authority house as too cramped for eight children was not defamatory, the presiding judge of the Media and Communications Bench ruled. However Mr Justice Warby allowed a complaint about readers’ comments to go ahead on the grounds of harassment.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th May 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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Acas on religion or belief discrimination at work – Law & Religion UK

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in codes of practice, employment, equality, news, religious discrimination by tracey

‘Acas has published new guidance on religion and belief in the workplace, offering advice on how to comply with the provisions of the Equalities Act 2010 that protect employees against discrimination based on religion and belief.’

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Law & Religion UK, 23rd May 2018

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Should civil partnerships only be available to same sex couples? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 15th, 2018 in civil partnerships, equality, human rights, news by sally

‘Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan contend they were unlawfully refused an opportunity to register a Civil Partnership at Chelsea Town Hall on the grounds that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 reserves that status strictly for same sex couples. This exclusion started to appear somewhat anomalous when the government opened marriage up to same sex couples by way of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The effect of this is that same sex couples in England and Wales (and Scotland – but not Northern Ireland) had a choice of marriage and civil partnership but different sex couples only had the former option.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th May 2018

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Hundreds of Companies Facing Legal Action Over Gender Pay Gap Data – Rights Info

Posted May 11th, 2018 in equal pay, equality, news, time limits, women by sally

‘Hundreds of British companies will face legal action after failing to comply with a new requirement to report the pay gap between male and female staff, Britain’s equality watchdog has revealed.’

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Rights Info, 10th May 2018

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Gender pay: Hundreds of firms face action over non-disclosure – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2018 in equal pay, equality, news, time limits, women by sally

‘Hundreds of companies face legal action after failing to meet an extended deadline to report their gender pay gap, Britain’s equality watchdog said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2018

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ECHR Articles 9 and 14 – Local Government Law

‘In R (Adath Yisroel Burial Society) v Senior Coroner for Inner North London (2018) EWHC 969 (Admin) a Divisional Court (Singh LJ and Whipple J) observed (paragraph 94) that in Eweida v UK the ECtHR emphasized the importance of the rights set out in Article 9, and stated that there are several things of importance to note about the terms of Article 9.’

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Local Government Law, 1st May 2018

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Coroner defeated over controversial ‘cab-rank’ burial policy – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Divisional Court has ruled that the Senior Coroner for Inner North London acted unlawfully in adopting a policy that resulted in Jewish and Muslim families facing delays in the burials of family members, contrary to their religious beliefs. The policy was held to amount to an unlawful fetter upon her discretion, and also to be irrational, to breach Articles 9 and 14 of the ECHR and to amount to indirect discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010 (“EQA”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st May 2018

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Gay priest Jeremy Pemberton’s discrimination appeal dismissed – BBC News

‘A gay clergyman stopped from becoming a hospital chaplain has lost his appeal over a discrimination claim against the Church of England.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2018

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BSB leads debate about race equality at the Bar – Bar Standards Board

Posted March 15th, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, reports by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published a report of the event it hosted last month to consider how to improve race equality at the Bar.’

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Bar Standards Board, 15th March 2018

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violence Women’s rights and gender equality ‘Glib’: UK criticised for failing to give to fund for survivors of UN sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in compensation, equality, news, sexual offences, United Nations, victims by sally

‘The UK government has come under fire from victims’ groups for failing to contribute to a UN fund for survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations staff.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Big gap between male and female lawyers in perception of gender equality progress, Law Society finds – Legal Futures

Posted March 8th, 2018 in equality, flexible working, legal profession, news, solicitors, women by tracey

‘Three-quarters (74%) of male lawyers believe there has been progress on gender equality in the legal profession over the past five years but less than half (48%) of their female colleagues agree, a global survey has found.’

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Legal Futures, 8th March 2018

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New edition of the Equal Treatment Bench Book launched – Courts and tribunals Judiciary

Posted March 2nd, 2018 in equality, judiciary, press releases by tracey

‘The Equal Treatment Bench Book has been updated, expanded and improved. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of the different circumstances of people appearing in courts and tribunals. It helps enable effective communication and suggests steps which should increase participation by all parties.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 28th February 2018

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Judges told to limit observers if witness has to remove veil – The Guardian

‘Judges should restrict the number of observers allowed into court when defendants or witnesses are compelled to remove their veil to give evidence, new guidance to judges recommends.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2018

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Government failure on discrimination and education law services – Legal Action

Posted February 14th, 2018 in education, equality, legal aid, news, public procurement by michael

“It’s not difficult to imagine what would happen if the government announced that it could not guarantee services for, say, something like diabetes. There would be an outcry, ministers would be hauled before parliament to answer questions and would face being skewered on Newsnight. And quite rightly so. In contrast, though, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) announced this week that it is abandoning the procurement process for education and discrimination law advice, leaving a question mark over the continued provision of these services. So far there has been little or no furore over this decision.”

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Legal Action, February 2018

Source: www.lag.org.uk

Five “Highly Pertinent” Questions: Discrimination, Contact and the Family Court following Re M (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 2164 – Family Law Week

Posted February 7th, 2018 in contact orders, equality, human rights, news, transsexuals by tracey

‘Hassan Khan and Charlotte Baker, barristers at 4 Paper Buildings, present a framework for approaching cases where issues of human rights and discrimination arise in contact cases.’

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Family Law Week, 6th February 2018

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Civil partnerships: Couples tell us why they want one – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2018 in civil partnerships, equality, marriage, news by sally

‘Heterosexual couples might be able to access civil partnerships, as the government reviews the law that currently only applies to homosexual couples.’

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BBC News, 2nd February 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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