Rolls-Royce plc v Doughty [1987] IRLR 447 EAT

Reports relating to this case:

  • "State" narrowly construed for purposes of applying EEC law

    1 November 1987

    In Rolls Royce plc v Doughty (28.7.87) EOR16B, the EAT holds that the company (before it was privatised) was not a State employer against whom the provisions of the Equal Treatment Directive relating to discriminatory retirement ages could be directly enforced. Another division of the EAT has held that British Gas, before privatisation, was not a State authority.