Coker and Osamor v Lord Chancellor and Lord Chancellor’s Department  IRLR 80 CA
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Case round-up: Compensatory awards, restrictive covenants, failure to consult, sex and race discrimination, part-time working
- 1 March 2002
This month's case round-up includes: Oderinde v Datapact ltd, Barry Allsuch & Co v Harris, Elkouil v Coney Island Ltd, Coker and Osamor v Lord Chancellor and another, and Chief Constable for Avon & Somerset Constabulary v Chew.
- 19 February 2002
Employment tribunals are usually anxious to prevent employers relying on technicalities to avoid liability for mistreating their staff. However, three recent decisions on appeal suggest the 'technical ruse' is alive and well.
Discrimination: No indirect discrimination in appointing employee who was personally known to the employer
- 1 February 2002
In Coker and Osamor v The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chancellor's Department, the Court of Appeal holds that where an appointment is made from a close circle of family or friends, this will rarely constitute indirect discrimination as the vast majority of the relevant pool of potential candidates will be excluded. It will therefore not be possible to show that the requirement of personal knowledge has the disproportionate impact necessary to found a discrimination claim.
- 1 January 2002
In Coker v Lord Chancellor (22 November 2001), the Court of Appeal holds that it was not indirectly discriminatory on grounds of sex or race for the Lord Chancellor to appoint a white man as his special adviser.