Toplak and Mrak v Slovenia

The two applicants were wheelchair users. They claimed to the Strasbourg court that their local voting facilities were not sufficiently accessible, so that there was discrimination contrary to the European Convention of Human Rights. Their claims for reasonable accommodation failed. For a 2015 referendum, the physical premises were accessible, and any problems with access or … Read more

Lárusson v Iceland

The ECtHR in Strasbourg rejected a claim by a wheelchair user that failure to make two cultural buildings in his municipality accessible was a breach of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The ECtHR said this was an exceptional case where his lack of access to public buildings affected his life sufficiently … Read more

R (SC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Supreme Court held that legislation limiting tax credit to the first two children in a household is not unlawful discrimination contrary to Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The legislation was justified. This Supreme Court decision is important in clarifying (at least for the UK courts) various points on justification, including … Read more

T v Ministry of Defence: disability discrimination claim by former member of armed forces

An employment tribunal has held that under the Human Rights Act, the Equality Act must be re-interpreted to permit a claim where disability discrimination occurs after discharge from the armed forces. On the face of it, the Equality Act employment provisions exclude disability discrimination claims by members of the armed forces, including former members. However … Read more

Department of Work and Pensions v Boyers

When an employer is seeking to justify a dismissal under s.15 EqA (discrimination arising from disability), does it matter that the procedure leading up to the dismissal is unsatisfactory? The EAT here held that it is the outcome, the dismissal, that must be justified rather than the process or procedure leading up to it. However … Read more

Garcia v The Leadership Factor: “clear voice”

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) upheld a tribunal decision requiring a claimant who stammers to pay a deposit as a condition of proceeding with his EqA claims. He was claiming direct and indirect disability discrimination in relation to requirements that telephone interviewers have a “clear voice” and be in “good health”. The EAT held the … Read more