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Employment status: Unpaid volunteer could not claim the protection of the Disability Rights Act or Framework Directive

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In X v Mid Sussex Citizens’ Advice Bureau and others [2011] EWCA Civ 28 CA, the Court of Appeal held that a volunteer at a Citizens’ Advice Bureau was not an employee for the purposes of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and could not therefore claim disability discrimination when she was asked to stop her voluntary work.

Key points

  • The clear purpose of volunteering arrangements at a Citizens’ Advice Bureau was “to secure advisers to provide advice”.