O’Neill v Governors of St Thomas More RC School: EAT 12 Oct 1995

The claimant had lodged an appeal against a rejection of her claim of sex discrimination, and against the amount of damages awarded on the success of her claim of unfair dismissal. After rejection of her request for a review, her counsel had lodged a letter withdrawing her appeal. She then received a reply from the European Commission suggesting that her claim of sex discrimination, based upon her dismissal for becoming pregnant by a Roman Catholic Priest, may indeed have been discriminatory.
Held: The view taken by the tribunal was not obviously correct, and the interests of justice required the arguments to be explored. The review was re-instated.

Mummery J P
[1995] UKEAT 561 – 95 – 1210
England and Wales
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See AlsoO’Neill v Governors of St Thomas More Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Upper School EAT 7-Jun-1996
The dismissal by a Roman Catholic school of a teacher who was pregnant by a priest, was on the grounds of pregnancy, and for an inadmissible reason. The pregnancy was an effective cause of the adverse treatment of the Appellant by her employer. . .
See AlsoO’Neill v Governors of St Thomas More RC School and Another EAT 24-May-1996
The claimant had been dismissed as a teacher by the respondent Roman Catholic school after she became pregnant by a priest. She had been found to have been unfairly dismissed, but the tribunal had rejected her claim of discrimination for pregnancy. . .

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Employment, Discrimination

Updated: 18 December 2021; Ref: scu.209398