Perera v (1) The Civil Service Commission (2) The Department of Customs and Excise [1983] IRLR 166 CA

Reports relating to this case:

  • Perera v (1) The Civil Service Commission (2) The Department of Customs and Excise

    Date:
    1 April 1983

    In Perera v (1) The Civil Service Commission (2) The Department of Customs and Excise [1983] IRLR 166 CA, the Court of Appeal held that an advertisement for a legal assistant that stated that candidates with a good command of the English language, experience in the UK and with British nationality would be at an advantage did not amount to a requirement or condition within the meaning of the Race Relations Act 1976, section 1(1)(b). To come within the Act the preference should be elevated to a requirement or "absolute bar" which has to be complied with.