Labour Research January 2009

Law Matters

Coleman wins hearing on discrimination

The European Court of Justice has said that the Equal Treatment Framework Directive prohibits direct discrimination or harassment of a non-disabled person on grounds of their association with a disabled person.

Legal secretary Sharon Coleman’s complaint was that she had suffered such discrimination because she had a disabled son.

The employment tribunal has at a pre-hearing decided that the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 can be interpreted to give effect to European law.

Ms Coleman’s case will now proceed to a full hearing to decide whether such discrimination in fact took place.

Coleman v (1) EBR Attridge Law LLP (formerly Attridge Law) (2) Law 2303745/2005/ET