Legal updates

In this section, you will find updates from the Commission's legal team on developing areas of law. This includes all areas of discrimination and human rights law.

 

November 2013

Bull and Bull v Preddy and Hall

The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal from hotel owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who had refused to honour a gay couple’s booking of a double bedroom. 

July 2013

Commission's Response to GEO's Further Consultation on Equal Pay Audits (May 2013)

The Commission has responded to the GEO's consultation on the details of equal pay audits, and on the contents of regulations which the Government intends to introduce in 2014.

June 2013

North v Dumfries and Galloway Council (Supreme Court)

More than six years after 251 women raised their claims for equal pay against Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Supreme Court has upheld their right to compare their terms and conditions with men who are also employed by the Council but work in or from different workplaces. The judgment has been heralded by the appellants'; trade union, UNISON, as ‘historic’ and they say it will lead to over 2,000 women sharing an estimated £12 million in compensation. Laura Hutchison, Senior Enforcement Officer, EHRC Scotland explores the decision.

R (Catt) v Association of Chief Police Officers (Court of Appeal)

Katy Reade, senior lawyer at EHRC, explores the Court of Appeal's decision in R (Catt). The case concerns the powers of the police to collect and retain personal information about members of the public who are attending lawful public demonstrations.

March 2013

Rowstock v Jessemey - post employment victimisation

Update on the EAT's findings - and proposed appeal to the Court of Appeal - in a case concerning post employment victimisation.

Legal updates 2007 - 2012

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