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Illegality does not bar claim

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In Leighton v Michael and another the EAT has ruled that the fact that a contract of employment was tainted with illegality does not preclude an industrial tribunal from considering a discrimination complaint.

When the first respondent took over a fish shop, he stopped making deductions from Annabel Leighton's wages because "he did not believe in … tax and national insurance contributions and would not employ anybody from whose earnings tax and insurance were to be deducted."

When Miss Leighton complained, she was told that if she did not like the way she was paid, she could leave.