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Sex discrimination: Request to work part time sets time limit running

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    Cast v Croydon College [1997] IRLR 14 EAT (1 other report)

    • Request to work part-time sets time limit running

      Date:
      1 November 1996

      In Cast v Croydon College (28 June 1996) EOR70E, the EAT rules that a woman who asked her employer if she could work part-time after returning from maternity absence was time-barred from complaining that a refusal was sex discriminatory because the time period for presenting a complaint ran from when her request was first turned down prior to her maternity absence, even though she made further requests after she returned from leave.

A woman who asked her employer if she could change from full-time to part-time work when she returned from maternity leave was time-barred from complaining that the refusal of this request was discriminatory on the ground of her sex, because the three-month period for presenting her complaint started to run from the first refusal before she went on maternity leave, holds the EAT in Cast v Croydon College [1997] IRLR 14. The fact that, after returning from maternity leave a year later, the employee made further similar requests which were also turned down did not mean that the act of alleged discrimination was a "continuing act" for time-limit purposes.