Brown v Rentokil Ltd [1995] IRLR 211 CS

Reports relating to this case:

  • Return of the sick man

    1 May 1995

    In Brown v Rentokil Ltd (18 January 1995) EOR61A, the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Session rules that even after the European Court's decision in Webb, there is no sex discrimination against a pregnant woman dismissed as a result of absence due to a pregnancy-related illness if she is treated the same way as a man absent through illness.

  • Sex discrimination: Dismissal for pregnancy-related illness not discriminatory

    1 March 1995

    Dismissing a woman while she was pregnant, in accordance with the employer's sickness absence rules, was not an act of sex discrimination under either UK or EC law, holds the Court of Session in Brown v Rentokil Ltd, even though the employee's illness was directly due to her pregnancy.