Etam plc v Rowan [1989] IRLR 150 EAT

Reports relating to this case:

  • Discrimination: "Genuine occupational qualification" defence fails

    Date:
    21 March 1989

    An employer may not refuse to employ a man in a job which involves duties that need to be done by a woman in order to preserve decency or privacy if the employer already has women employees whom it would be reasonable and not unduly inconvenient to employ on the duties concerned.

  • Bar on men selling women's clothing unlawful

    Date:
    01 March 1989

    In Etam plc v Rowan EOR24H, the EAT upholds an industrial tribunal finding that the employers had failed to show that a job as a sales assistant in a women's clothing store came within the genuine occupational qualification exceptions to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 because the employers could have organised the work in such a way that a man did not have to undertake duties in the fitting room.