Caster Semenya: Biology trumps gender identity, says IAAF – BBC News

Posted August 1st, 2019 in appeals, equality, gender, news, sex discrimination, sport, women by tracey

‘Athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, has said “biology has to trump gender identity” after welcoming the decision to permit restrictions in testosterone levels of female runners.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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Banned ‘your wife is hot’ air conditioning ad appears on billboard – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2019 in advertising, news, sex discrimination, transport by sally

‘An advert that was ruled inappropriate and banned from a city’s buses has appeared on a billboard.’

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BBC News, 23rd July 2019

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‘White middle-aged men’ leading armed forces blamed for bullying culture in new report – The Independent

‘Servicemen and women are facing “unacceptable” levels of inappropriate behaviour in part due to the “pack mentality of white middle-aged men” commanding the armed forces, a report says. A “significant number” of military personnel have experienced “bullying, discrimination and harassment, including sexual”, according to the research commissioned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).’

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The Independent, 16th July 2019

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Armed forces: Sexual offence claims ‘not properly recorded’ – BBC News

‘At least 60 sexual offence allegations investigated by military service police in two years were not reported in official figures, the BBC has found. Figures for 2017 and 2018 did not include alleged offences such as sexual communications with children and stalking involving fear of violence.’

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BBC news, 16th July 2019

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CPS cancels meeting on rape victims’ phone data due to legal action – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs and prosecutors have been accused of treating a coalition of women’s groups with contempt after cancelling a meeting to discuss concerns over requests to hand over mobile phone records in rape investigations.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2019

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Watchdog criticises ‘chaotic’ police use of facial recognition – The Guardian

‘Police forces are pushing ahead with the use of facial recognition systems in the absence of clear laws on whether, when or how the technology should be employed, a watchdog has said.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2019

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Man successfully sues Brewdog for £1,000 after being told beer was only on sale to women – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 19th, 2019 in damages, licensed premises, news, sex discrimination by tracey

‘A drinker won a discrimination case against a popular brewery after he was stopped from buying its women-only beer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2019

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Victims of discrimination ‘denied justice’ as legal aid cuts create ‘David vs Goliath’ scenario, report finds – The Independent

‘Victims of discrimination in England and Wales are being denied justice due to soaring legal aid cuts, the equalities watchdog has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said people who had been discriminated against for reasons such as their race, gender or disability were being left to represent themselves in court, creating a “David vs Goliath” scenario or letting perpetrators to go entirely unchallenged.’

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The Independent, 19th June 2019

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The CPS is failing rape victims. That’s why we’re taking legal action – The Guardian

‘Reported rapes have soared, but cases reaching court have plummeted. Our coalition of women’s groups won’t stand for it.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2019

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Women pension age case goes to High Court – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2019 in judicial review, news, pensions, retirement, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Campaigners will head to the High Court on Wednesday for a judicial review into how the government raised the retirement age for women.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2019

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Police recruit rejected because he was a white heterosexual male joins force which discriminated against him – Daily Telegraph

‘A university graduate will finally get to “follow in his father’s footsteps” as he joins the same police force which rejected him for being a white heterosexual man.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2019

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Not discrimination to pay male officers less for shared parental leave than female officers on maternity leave – UK Police Law Blog

‘The Court of Appeal in (1) Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali & (2) Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall [2019] EWCA Civ 900, has overturned the Employment Appeal Tribunal and held that employees do not unlawfully discriminate against men when when paying them less for shared parental leave than they pay women when taking enhanced maternity pay as part of maternity leave. Such claims are not sex discrimination claims but equal terms claims, to be brought under the Equal Pay Act 1970, which are bound to fail because they relate to terms of work affording special treatment to woman in connection with pregnancy of childbirth. An appeal to the Supreme Court is possible.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 29th May 2019

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Trans women given formal access to Hampstead Heath pond – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2019 in equality, gender, news, sex discrimination, transgender persons, women by tracey

‘Transgender women have had their right to use Hampstead Heath ponds formalised in a new policy. The City of London Corporation (CoLC), which manages Hampstead Heath and its ponds, announced that it had adopted a new gender identity policy to make sure services in the area “are fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010, and do not discriminate against trans people”.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2019

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Caster Semenya testosterone verdict ignites debate about fairness, women’s sport and human rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 2nd, 2019 in equality, gender, human rights, medicines, news, sex discrimination, sport, women by tracey

‘Caster Semenya’s enforced use of testosterone-limiting drugs is a potential human rights breach, legal experts claimed on Wednesday as they drew comparisons with the innate physical advantages of other world-dominating athletes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2019

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Solicitor’s discrimination claim to continue despite Twitter campaign – Legal Futures

‘US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has failed to strike out an employment tribunal claim brought by a former corporate lawyer in its London office, after a tribunal found her not responsible for a friend’s Twitter campaign against it.’

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Legal Futures, 11th April 2019

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Female lawyers speak out over pregnancy discrimination – Legal Futures

Posted April 11th, 2019 in legal executives, news, pregnancy, sex discrimination by sally

‘The personal experience of chartered legal executives shows that more needs to be done to stop pregnant women and new mothers being “punished” by employers, their representative body has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 11th April 2019

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Discriminatory instruction barrister: Fault is system’s not solicitor’s – Legal Futures

‘The Asian woman barrister who was disinstructed after her client wanted a white man to represent her has said she does not blame the solicitor involved.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd April 2019

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‘A frat-like mentality’: is the legal workplace improving for women? – The Guardian

‘Amid outcries over casual sexism and sexual harassment in the legal profession, junior lawyers share their experiences.’

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The Guardian, 14th March 2019

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“No ethical leadership”: Law Society blasted over NDA guidance – Legal Futures

‘Law Society guidance on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) demonstrates an absence of “ethical leadership” and shows why the profession cannot be allowed to sort such issues on its own, a leading academic has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th March 2019

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Hallett tells senior lawyers to step up on discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Top women judges have called on senior lawyers to take responsibility for ensuring there is no discrimination in their organisations rather than leaving it to diversity specialists.’

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Legal Futures, 11th March 2019

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