Rainey v Greater Glasgow Health Board [1987] IRLR 26 HL

Reports relating to this case:

  • Interpreting the DDA - part 2: discrimination, justification and adjustment

    Date:
    1 July 2001

    The meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) as it has been interpreted by the employment tribunals and the appellate courts is examined here in the second of a two-part series. Part One (EOR 94) looked at the meaning of "disability".

  • Unequal pay must be based on objectively justified grounds

    Date:
    1 January 1987

    In Rainey v Greater Glasgow Health Board (27.11.86) EOR11A, the House of Lords rules that the defence under s.1(3) of the Equal Pay Act 1970 requires the employer to show "objectively justified grounds" for the difference in pay. One likely implication of this landmark decision will be to limit the circumstances in which an employer will be able to rely upon market forces to justify unequal pay.