Discrimination Due to Marriage

Employment Law

In the case of Dunn v The Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the claimant had been discriminated against because of who she was married to.

The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (and now the Equality Act 2010) protects a person from discrimination on the basis that they are married or in a civil partnership.  In this case Mrs Dunn argued that she had been constructively dismissed due to who she was married to.  Her husband, Mr Dunn, also worked for the same company and had been involved in disputes with the management including matters relating to the treatment of his wife.  The EAT ruled that section 3 of the Sex Discrimination Act did cover discrimination on the grounds of being married to a particular person.

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Jacqueline Penfold
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