Lady Hale gives the Alison Weatherfield Memorial Lecture at the Employment Lawyers Association – Supreme Court

Lady Hale gives the Alison Weatherfield Memorial Lecture at the Employment Lawyers Association (PDF)

Supreme Court, 10th July 2013

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Black and another v Wilkinson – WLR Daily

Posted July 12th, 2013 in appeals, hotels, law reports, sexual orientation discrimination by tracey

Black and another v Wilkinson: [2013] EWCA Civ 820;   [2013] WLR (D)  270

“The defendant, who ran a bed and breakfast business from her home, unlawfully discriminated against the claimant homosexual partners by refusing, on the basis of her religious beliefs, to provide them with the double bedroom one of them had booked, contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007.”

WLR Daily, 9th July 2013

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

B&B owner who turned away gay couple loses appeal – The Guardian

“The Christian owner of a bed and breakfast has lost her appeal against a ruling that she unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple when she refused to let them stay in a double room.”

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The Guardian, 9th July 2013

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Sacking GP from government drugs advisor post for ‘anti-gay’ views was lawful – UK Human Rights Blog

“Dr Hans-Christian Raabe lost his judicial review challenge to the revocation of his appointment as the GP member of the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). His appointment was revoked less than a month after he had accepted an offer to join the ACMD, as a result of certain views about homosexuality expressed in a paper he had co-written in Canada some 6 years earlier.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th June 2013

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The truth about gay marriage: legally there is nothing to be gained – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The law pertaining to same-sex relationships has come a long way. Until the Sexual Offences Act 1967, homosexual relationships were illegal. Until the Civil Partnership Act 2004, there was no way of formalising a homosexual relationship. The debate has now moved to the more intricate matters surrounding the nature of that formalisation, with many people now campaigning for a law which would allow gay marriage.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th June 2013

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Asociaţia ACCEPT v Consiliul Naţional pentru Combaterea Discriminǎrii – WLR Daily

Asociaţia ACCEPT v Consiliul Naţional pentru Combaterea Discriminǎrii (Case C-81/12); [2013] WLR (D) 153

“Homophobic statements made by a person perceived as playing a leading role in a football club but who did not have legal capacity to bind it in recruitment matters were capable of constituting ‘facts from which it may be presumed that there has been … discrimination’ pursuant to articles 2(2) and 10(1) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation (OJ 2000 L303, p16).”

WLR Daily, 25th April 2013

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‘Gay? Prove it then – have you read any Oscar Wilde?’: Judges accused of asking lesbian asylum seekers inappropriate questions – The Independent

“Have you ever read Oscar Wilde? Do you use sex toys? Why have you not attended a Pride march? These are just some of the questions that have been asked of lesbian asylum seekers in what one academic says shows shocking levels of ignorance and prejudice among tribunal judges.”

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The Independent, 4th April 2013

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Christian B&B owners sued over refusing gay guests can now turn away homosexual couples – The Independent

“A Christian couple who broke equality laws when they refused to let a gay couple stay in a double room in their bed and breakfast will now be able to legally turn away homosexual couples after becoming a not-for-profit organisation.”

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The Independent, 22nd March 2013

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High Court challenge over banned ‘ex-gay’ bus advert – BBC News

“A ban on a bus advert claiming gay people can be “cured” is to be challenged in the High Court.”

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BBC News, 28th February 2013

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Heterosexual couples challenge ‘discriminatory’ civil partnerships bar – Daily Telegraph

“Laws restricting civil partnerships to gay couples discriminate against heterosexuals, four straight couples are to argue in a landmark challenge at the European Court of Human Rights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th February 2013

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Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Dittrich – WLR Daily

Bundesrepublik Deutschland v Dittrich (Joined Cases C-124/11, C-125/11 and C-143/11); [2012] WLR (D) 370

“On the proper interpretation of article 3(1)(c) and 3(3) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation, assistance granted to public servants in the event of illness fell within the scope of the Directive if it was the responsibility of the state, as a public employer, to finance it, that being a matter for the national court to determine.”

WLR Daily, 6th December 2012

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Upper Tribunal confirms illegality of Catholic Charity’s ban on same-sex couple adoption – UK Human Rights Blog

“A private adoption agency could not justify its exclusion of same-sex prospective parents by arguing that this policy would keep open a source of funding that would otherwise dry up and reduce the number of adoption placements.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd November 2012

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The thorny issue of religious belief and discrimination law (again) – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 22nd, 2012 in Christianity, hotels, human rights, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“The Christian owner of a B&B in Berkshire was found to have discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to allow them stay in a double-bedded room because of her belief that all sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2012

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Gay couple win Berkshire B&B refusal case – BBC News

“A gay couple who were turned away from a bed and breakfast were discriminated against, it has been ruled.”

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BBC News, 18th October 2012

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A legal right to gay marriage? – Family Law Week

“Andrew Commins, barrister, associate member of St John’s Chambers in Bristol analyses the legal issues relating to the question of gay marriage.”

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Family Law Week, 24th September 2012

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Gay couple sue bed and breakfast owner – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2012 in damages, homosexuality, hotels, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

“A gay couple have sued the owner of bed and breakfast accommodation after she refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.”

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The Guardian, 17th September 2012

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Religious freedom in UK to be considered by Strasbourg Court – UK Human Rights Blog

“Tomorrow (4 September) the Strasbourg Court will hear complaints in four applications that UK law has failed adequately to protect the applicants’ right to manifest their religion, contrary to Articles 9 (freedom of religion) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination).”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd September 2012

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Strasbourg on freedom of religion – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“The American humourist PJ O’Rourke once said that it was funny how those who wanted to share their religious views with you, never wanted you to share yours with them. The European Court of Human Rights is about to have to share its views with all of us: this week it is hearing four cases on religion and the law.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th September 2012

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Guesthouse couple win right to appeal – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2012 in appeals, hotels, news, sexual orientation discrimination, Supreme Court by sally

“The owners of a guesthouse who refused to allow a gay couple to stay in a double-bedded room have won permission to take their case to the Supreme Court.”

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The Guardian, 14th August 2012

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Employer liable for “gay and proud” Facebook status hijack of ex-employee by colleagues – OUT-LAW.com

“A company can be liable for unwanted comments made on the Facebook account of an employee by colleagues, providing that the actions ‘fall within the course of employment’, an employment tribunal has found.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th July 2012

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