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Amwell View School v Dogherty: EAT 15 Sep 2006

amwell_dogherty The claimant had secretly recorded the disciplinary hearings and also the deliberations of the disciplinary panel after their retirement. The tribunal had at a case management hearing admitted the recordings as evidence, and the defendant appealed, saying also that it had been disclosed too late. Held: The evidence contained in the recordings was relevant … Continue reading Amwell View School v Dogherty: EAT 15 Sep 2006

Pulham and Others v London Borough Of Barking and Dagenham: EAT 28 Oct 2009

EAT AGE DISCRIMINATIONThe Council operated a scheme rewarding loyalty and experience under which employees were paid increments if they satisfied both a length-of-service and an age criterion. The scheme was terminated with effect from 1.4.07, but employees already in receipt of increment were allowed to retain it by way of ‘pay protection’. The Claimant sought … Continue reading Pulham and Others v London Borough Of Barking and Dagenham: EAT 28 Oct 2009

Train v DTE Business Advisory Services Ltd and Associated Co (T/A DTE Chartered Accountants) and others: EAT 6 Jan 2009

EAT JURISDICTIONAL POINTS: Worker, employee or neitherWhether an accountant was a partner or employee in circumstances where a former partnership traded through limited companies under the terms of a Shareholders Agreement, itself said not to constitute a partnership.On the particular facts the Employment Tribunal were entitled to find that he was a partner and not … Continue reading Train v DTE Business Advisory Services Ltd and Associated Co (T/A DTE Chartered Accountants) and others: EAT 6 Jan 2009

Rolls Royce Plc v Unite the Union: QBD 17 Oct 2008

The company had entered into collective agreements with the union governing criteria and procedures for redundancy selection. The company said that the criteria were not compliant with the age discrimination regulations. Held: The union was correct and the agreement was compliant. Judges: Morison J Citations: [2008] EWHC 2420 (QB) Links: Bailii Statutes: Employment Equality (Age) … Continue reading Rolls Royce Plc v Unite the Union: QBD 17 Oct 2008

Incorporated Trustees of The National Council For Ageing v Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: ECJ 23 Sep 2008

Europa Council Directive 2000/78/EC Article 6(1) Age discrimination – Compulsory retirement National legislation permitting employers to dismiss employees aged 65 and over if the reason of dismissal is retirement Justification. Citations: C-388/07, [2008] EUECJ C-388/07 – O Links: Bailii Statutes: Council Directive 2000/78/EC, Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (SI 1031 No 2006) Citing: At First … Continue reading Incorporated Trustees of The National Council For Ageing v Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: ECJ 23 Sep 2008

Evbenata v South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (Unfair Dismissal: Retirement): EAT 28 Oct 2014

EAT UNFAIR DISMISSAL – Retirement The Tribunal addressed the fairness of a ‘retirement’ dismissal under ordinary unfair dismissal principles pursuant to section 98 Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) and failed to consider whether or not there was compliance with the continuing notification duty in paragraph 4 of Schedule 6 of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations … Continue reading Evbenata v South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (Unfair Dismissal: Retirement): EAT 28 Oct 2014

CLFIS (UK) Ltd v Reynolds: CA 30 Apr 2015

The company appealed against a finding that it was guilty of age discrimination in ending a consultany arrangement with the respondent who ws 73 years old. Longmore, Jackson, Underhill LJJ [2015] EWCA Civ 439, [2015] WLR(D) 197, [2015] IRLR 562, [2015] ICR 1010 Bailii, WLRD Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, EU Council Directive 2000/78/EC England … Continue reading CLFIS (UK) Ltd v Reynolds: CA 30 Apr 2015

Tajul-Arfeen v Health Protection Agency: EAT 29 May 2013

EAT Age Discrimination : AGE RELATED DISMISSALThe Claimant was dismissed at age 65 consistently with the employer’s retirement policy. The Employment Tribunal found that he had been given proper notice of retirement and of the right to request that he be kept on for a further period. Such a request had been properly considered and … Continue reading Tajul-Arfeen v Health Protection Agency: EAT 29 May 2013

Copeland v E Coomes (Holdings) Ltd (Age Discrimination): EAT 13 Jun 2013

EAT AGE DISCRIMINATION UNFAIR DISMISSAL Automatically unfair reasons Reason for dismissal including substantial other reason The reason for the Claimant’s dismissal was retirement. The Employment Tribunal erred in holding that the Claimant’s claim of age discrimination failed by application of Regulation 30 of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 when the 2006 regulations had been … Continue reading Copeland v E Coomes (Holdings) Ltd (Age Discrimination): EAT 13 Jun 2013

British Airways Plc v Mak and Others: CA 24 Feb 2011

The court was asked whether the Employment Tribunal had jurisdiction to hear claims of age discrimination brought by the appellant’s employees, based in Hong Kong, but working as crew on flights between there and London. Held: The appeal failed: ‘There was no error of law in the ET’s ruling that Ms Mak did ‘her work … Continue reading British Airways Plc v Mak and Others: CA 24 Feb 2011

CVS Solicitors Llp and Another v Van Der Borgh (Religion or Belief Discrimination): EAT 26 Jul 2013

cvs_borghEAT072013 EAT RELIGION OR BELIEF DISCRIMINATION AGE DISCRIMINATION The authorities on the alternative definition of ’employee’ in Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 and Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 as a person employed ‘under a contract personally to do any work’ establish that there is a dichotomy between independent providers of services who are … Continue reading CVS Solicitors Llp and Another v Van Der Borgh (Religion or Belief Discrimination): EAT 26 Jul 2013

Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes (A Partnership): CA 28 Jul 2010

The claimant solicitor said that the compulsory retirement from his partnership on age grounds was discriminatory, and that the UK Regulations had not implemented the Directive fully. Held: The appeal failed. The purpose of the provision as to allow the progression of younger members of the practice. This aim was recognised by the legislation, and … Continue reading Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes (A Partnership): CA 28 Jul 2010

Amnesty International v Ahmed: EAT 13 Aug 2009

amnesty_ahmedEAT2009 EAT RACE DISCRIMINATION – Direct discriminationRACE DISCRIMINATION – Indirect discriminationRACE DISCRIMINATION – Protected by s. 41UNFAIR DISMISSAL – Constructive dismissalClaimant, of (northern) Sudanese ethnic origin, applied for promotion to role of ‘Sudan researcher’ for Amnesty International – Not appointed because Amnesty believed that the appointment of a person of her ethnic origin would compromise … Continue reading Amnesty International v Ahmed: EAT 13 Aug 2009

Homer v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police: SC 25 Apr 2012

The appellant had failed in his claim for indirect age discrimination. Approaching retirement, he complained that new conditions allowing advancement to graduates only, discriminated against him since he could not complete a degree before retiring. Held: The appeal succeeded, but the case was remitted to investigate whether the discrimination could be properly justified: ‘Part of … Continue reading Homer v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police: SC 25 Apr 2012

Rolls-Royce plc v Unite the Union: CA 14 May 2009

The parties disputed whether the inclusion of length of service within a selection matrix for redundancy purposes would amount to unlawful age discrimination. The court was asked whether it was correct to make a declaratory judgment when the case had otherwise been effectively settled. Held: With considerable misgivings, the court agreed to hear the appeal. … Continue reading Rolls-Royce plc v Unite the Union: CA 14 May 2009

Age UK, Regina (On the Application of) v Attorney General: Admn 25 Sep 2009

Age UK challenged the implementation by the UK of the Directive insofar as it established a default retirement age (DRA) at 65. Held: The claim failed. The decision to adopt a DRA was not a disproportionate way of giving effect to the social aim of labour market confidence. The use of a designated retirement age … Continue reading Age UK, Regina (On the Application of) v Attorney General: Admn 25 Sep 2009

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Wooster: EAT 10 Sep 2009

EAT AGE DISCRIMINATIONUNFAIR DISMISSAL – Polkey deductionCouncil employee seconded to registered social landlord – Secondment comes to an end, so that he is formally redundant – Employee aged 49 and would be entitled to an early retirement pension if retained in employment to age 50 – Council fails to find him alternative employment or to … Continue reading London Borough of Tower Hamlets v Wooster: EAT 10 Sep 2009

Incorporated Trustees of The National Council For Ageing v Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: ECJ 5 Mar 2009

(Third Chamber) The trustees complained that the respondent had failed to implement the Directive, in that there remained, for example, rules allowing employers to have fixed retirement ages. Held: The complaint failed. The Directive allowed states to provide for certain differences in treatment provided that it could be shown to have an objective and reasonable … Continue reading Incorporated Trustees of The National Council For Ageing v Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: ECJ 5 Mar 2009

Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes: SC 25 Apr 2012

The appellant claimed that the requirement imposed on him to retire from his law firm partnership on attaining 65 was an unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age. Held: The matter was remitted to the Employment tribunal to see whether the fixing of the mandatory retirment age at 65 was a proportionate means of achieving … Continue reading Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes: SC 25 Apr 2012

Campbell v Port of Larne, Larne Harbour Ltd: NIIT 16 Jan 2009

NIIT Age discrimination is now prohibited, in certain employment situations, by the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (‘the Regulations’).The provisions of the Regulations which are relevant in the present context came into force on 1 October 2006.Article 7(1) of the Regulations makes it unlawful for an employer, in the context of an employment … Continue reading Campbell v Port of Larne, Larne Harbour Ltd: NIIT 16 Jan 2009

D Holc-Gale v Makers UK Ltd: EAT 30 Nov 2005

EAT Practice and Procedure – 2002 Act and pre-action requirements. Regulation 14 2004 Regulations; excluding discrimination Questionnaires from definition of statutory grievance. When failure to comply with SGP may be raised. Whether SGP requirement offends European Law.The Regulations cannot be circumvented by contending that the grievance identified in the preamble to the questions can be … Continue reading D Holc-Gale v Makers UK Ltd: EAT 30 Nov 2005