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Sex discrimination: Principal discriminated against contract worker by replacing her with permanent employee

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    Patefield v Belfast City Council [2000] IRLR 664 NICA (2 other reports)

    • Contract worker has maternity rights

      Date:
      1 November 2000

      In Patefield v Belfast City Council (25 February 2000) EOR94B, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland holds that a contract worker was discriminated against when the principal for whom she was working permanently replaced her while she was on maternity leave.

    • Contract worker should have got job back

      Date:
      1 September 2000

      In Patefield v Belfast City Council the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland has ruled that a contract worker was discriminated against on grounds of sex when the principal for whom she was working replaced her with a permanent employee when she went on maternity leave.

In Patefield v Belfast City Council [2000] IRLR 664, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal holds that a council unlawfully discriminated against an agency temp, contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, by replacing her with a permanent employee when she went on maternity leave. That effectively removed the possibility of her returning to work for the council after her baby was born, which the council knew to have been her intention.