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Court: Employment Appeal Tribunal

Discipline and equality policies did not breach freedom of religion rights

Trayhorn v Secretary of State for Justice (Appeal No. UKEAT/0304/16/RN)

The tribunal held that there had been no direct or indirect religious discrimination where the claimant, a Pentecostal Christian, was required to attend a disciplinary hearing as a result of the claimant quoting passages from the Bible which condemned homosexuality at a prison service. It was concluded that the previous tribunal had not erred in their decision that the respondent’s discipline and equality policies had not put the claimant or those of a Christian faith or Pentecostal denomination, at a disadvantage singly or as a group.

Primary time limit appeal allowed

Odukoya v Hopkins & Ors (UKEAT/0251/16/DA)

The appellant appealed on the basis that the Employment Tribunal erred in law in relation to the primary time limit against Mr Hopkins, and in deciding that it would not be just and equitable to consider the claims against both Mr Hopkins and Redsnapper Recruitment Ltd. The Tribunal allowed the first appeal, but dismissed the second.

Church of England Priest brings direct discrimination claim

Reverend Canon J C Pemberton v Reverend Richard Inwood UKEAT/0072/16/BA

The claimant was a CoE Priest who had his permission to officiate revoked, and was refused an Extra Parochial Ministry License when he married his husband. The claimant brought proceedings complaining of unlawful direct discrimination because of sexual orientation and/or marital status and of unlawful harassment related to sexual orientation under the Equality Act, s […]

EAT allows appeal against unfair dismissal decision

Eiger Securities LLP v Korshunova UKEAT/0149/16/DM

The respondent appealed the decision that the claimant’s dismissal was unfair under the Employment Rights Act 1996. The employment tribunal previously held that as she had made a protected disclosure and that she had been subject to detriment due to this, the dismissal was unfair. Paul Nicholls QC was involved in this case.

Overwhelmingly strong GB connection entitles UK appointed British Council employee to Civil Service Pension

Jeffery v The British Council UKEAT/0036/16/JOJ

An employee who worked abroad for a British company, under a contract of employment governed by English law (which required a notional deduction for UK tax), and was eligible to a Civil Service Pension was able to show an overwhelmingly strong connection with Great Britain and thus entitled to bring claims under the Employment Rights Act 1996 and the Equality Act 2010.