Lee v Ashers Baking (‘gay cake’ case)

A bakery in Northern Ireland refused to supply a cake iced with the message “support gay marriage” because of the religious beliefs of its owners. The Supreme Court held this was not discrimination by association because the objection was to the message, not to any particular person or persons. Supreme Court, 2018, www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKSC/2018/49.html Facts A … Read more Lee v Ashers Baking (‘gay cake’ case)

Blamires v Local Government Ombudsman

The claimant had ME/CFS, and also dystonia which affected her speech. She referred a complaint against a county council to the Local Government Ombudsman and requested support because of her and her husband’s disabilities, including one or more face-to-face meetings rather than just using email. The Ombudsman lost the request, and turned down subsequent requests … Read more Blamires v Local Government Ombudsman

Finnigan v Northumbria Police

The Court of Appeal dismissed a claim for reasonable adjustments by a deaf person whose house was searched by the police. He argued they should have brought a sign language interpreter. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision that in this particular case it had been possible to establish effective communication, so there was no … Read more Finnigan v Northumbria Police

MM & DM v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Mental health patients (MHPs) claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) argued that the government is failing to make reasonable adjustments under Equality Act 2010. The Court of Appeal largely upheld an Upper Tribunal judgment which had found MHPs are being put at a substantial disadvantage. (The tribunal had felt unable to decide on current evidence … Read more MM & DM v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

LH Bishop v Commissioners of Revenue and Customs

The tribunal held there was a breach of the European Convention of Human Rights where businesses were required to submit VAT returns online, without appropriate exemptions for people who because of disability (or some other reasons) were unable to use a computer. The case seems relevant to whether people who stammer should be expected to … Read more LH Bishop v Commissioners of Revenue and Customs