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Sex discrimination does not require intention to discriminate

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    R v Birmingham City Council ex parte Equal Opportunities Commission [1988] IRLR 96 HC (0 other reports)

In R v Birmingham City Council ex parte The Equal Opportunities Commission (14.10.87) EOR18C, the Queen's Bench Division holds that selective provision by the Council of more grammar school paces for boys than girls is unlawfully discriminatory. During the course of his decision, Mr Justice McCullough suggests that the mere denial of opportunity or choice constitutes "less favourable treatment" and that in order to be unlawful, there is no requirement that the act in question was done with an intention to put women at a disadvantage.