Category: Discrimination

Content on discrimination claims under equality legislation in the UK and related policy.

Migrant victims of domestic violence fear losing everything because of hostile Home Office policies

While domestic abuse increases during the COVID-19 pandemic, inflexible and poorly applied Home Office policies are keeping migrant women in fear of accessing help and escaping violent and controlling relationships.

Systemic challenge to the imprisonment of immigration detainees fails

In late March 2020 the Home Office released some 300 immigration detainees to avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus. Hundreds more remain in detention and some are held on the prison estate. The fairness of imprisoning immigration detainees was tested in a recent, unsuccessful legal challenge.

Court of Appeal clarifies what acts are covered by disability discrimination claims

The Court of Appeal has clarified what disabled claimants bringing claims for reasonable adjustments or indirect disability discrimination need to show, in order to establish that a ‘provision, criteria or practice’ (PCP) has been applied to them. ‘One-off’ decisions will not necessarily be enough.

Why I keep having to get my red pen out with these EAT ‘right to work’ judgments ❌

A employee has won their appeal against a Tribunal decision dismissing their claim for unpaid wages and discrimination in a dispute over the ‘right to work’ as it applies to EU immigration laws. But the appeal judgement appears to contain some omissions.

Court of Appeal to hear legal challenge to automated facial recognition technology

In a world first, the UK’s senior Court will hear Mr Bridges’ claim that police use of automated facial recognition technology infringed his right to privacy, data protection and discriminated contrary to the Equality Act 2010. Here’s an overview of this ground-breaking case.

NHS boss sacked for airing anti-LGBT beliefs loses discrimination complaints

In an era of identity politics where ‘culture wars’ pit minority groups against one another, how can the Equality Act 2010 achieve fair and balanced outcomes? This case offers some answers.

Exploited migrant worker paid £4.52 per day wins epic Court of Appeal battle against ex-employer

In this judgment, the Court of Appeal gives important guidance on the defence of illegality of contract in the context of the UK’s ‘right to work’ system for non-EU national workers and employees.

Children’s challenge to Hackney SEN budget cuts fails

High Court dismisses an ambitious systemic legal challenge to special educational needs policies in the London borough of Hackney. Here’s why.

New video clips on becoming a barrister

Calling all aspiring lawyers and barristers out there! Watch these videos for some of my top tips on coming to the bar, pupillage applications and issues of equality, diversity and discrimination.

Domino’s Pizza delivery person wins appeal against ‘right to work’ dismissal

Employers and Judges are confused over how the ‘right to work’ legislation – a key part of Theresa May’s hostile environment policy – actually works.