Consideration of PCP and Equality Act 2010, s 19 - Matrix Chambers
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Consideration of PCP and Equality Act 2010, s 19

Published:

Re: Home Office (UK Border Agency) v Essop & Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 609

An employer may impose a PCP on employees that it genuinely regards as applying fairly to all, but it may in practice turn out to disadvantage some who share a protected characteristic. It may also be difficult to identify precisely why it has this effect. In a direct discrimination claim the claimant must prove that the respondent’s discriminatory treatment of him was on the grounds of his protected characteristic. In indirect discrimination claims, there is also a “reason why” question. It does not go to the employer’s motive or intention, whether conscious or unconscious. For the purposes of the Equality Act 2010, s 19, it is necessary for the claimant to show why the PCP has disadvantaged both the group and the individual claimant.

Karon Monaghan QC was involved in this case.