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[ 12 May 2014 | One Comment ]
Discrimination and political membership – should we revisit Redfearn?

By James Hand
Under Art 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950, freedom of association is protected. In Redfearn v UK it was held that the UK government had violated Mr Redfearn’s Art 11 right as the UK had not taken reasonable measures to protect employees such as him from dismissal on grounds of political affiliation. The government’s response, although following a suggestion of the court, could mean that the wider issues in Redfearn may yet have to be visited again.
Back in 2004, Mr Redfearn was employed by Serco, …

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[ 17 Dec 2013 | Comments Off ]
Sunday is not a day of rest: Christian discrimination appeal dismissed

By Laura Penny
The Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and now the Court of Appeal have all agreed that an employer was justified in requiring a Christian to work on Sundays in Mba v London Borough of Merton.
Mrs Mba was a practising Christian who worked for a children’s home and was employed by the London Borough of Merton. She (along with all other full-time staff) was contractually required to work on two weekends over every three-week period. When Mrs Mba started work, she asked her employer to be excused from …

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[ 13 Dec 2013 | Comments Off ]
University segregation guidance – manifesting, not imposing, beliefs

By Declan O’Dempsey
 Controversy has been sparked by the guidance issued by Universities UK entitled External speakers in higher education institutions on the question of gender segregation in university talks.
The guidance was issued following a series of Islamic events at university campuses at which male and female students had been segregated. The intention of Universities UK was to address the legal issues that this raised in terms of balancing the speaker’s right to free speech with the rights of audience members.
The guidance has drawn wide-spread criticism and prompted student protests.
Universities UK …

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[ 16 Sep 2013 | 4 Comments ]
Niqabs in court: should full-face veils be banned?

By Simon Hetherington
We’re finally up against it now, aren’t we? After years of dancing round the issue, the law is finally called upon to make a specific ruling on the wearing of the niqab. See the Guardian for a brief summary. So let’s make sure we know what we are talking about, because without a doubt there will be proponents and opponents alike who seek to interpret the decision (whatever it may be) to suit their cause.
To start with: it is indeed a narrow point. The question is whether a …

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[ 22 Aug 2013 | Comments Off ]
The age of the jury

By Richard Allison
Legislation tells us what the law is, but rarely reveals why. The Juries Act 1974, s 1 states every person shall be qualified to serve as a juror… if… he is [on the electoral register] and is not less than eighteen nor more than seventy years of age.
Before 1988 in England and Wales the upper age limit was 65. Recently, Justice Minister Damian Green announced that the upper limit is to be raised to 75.
The minimum age to vote in England and Wales is 18, but there is …