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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Equality cases can go to High Court

The Court of Appeal has today held that equality claims do not have to be brought in the employment tribunal, but may be brought in the High Court. The significance lies mainly in the time within which claims have to be brought: six months in the Tribunal, six years in the court.
The Court of Appeal, which expressed surprise that this was the first time in 40 years that the question had come before the courts, declined to allow an appeal to the Supreme Court - saying that although it was a matter of considerable importance, which could affect many other claims, it was right that the Supremes should make the decision about whether to hear a further appeal or not.
Birmingham City Council v Abdulla & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 1412 (29 November 2011).

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