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Race discrimination: Licensees' employees were "contract workers"

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    Harrods Ltd v Remick and others [1997] IRLR 583 CA (1 other report)

    • Broad construction of "contract worker"

      1 November 1997

      In Harrods Ltd v Remick and others (17 July 1997) EOR76B, the Court of Appeal gives a purposive construction to the Race Relations Act's provisions on contract workers, and holds that staff employed by concessionaires at Harrods store could sue Harrods in respect of alleged discrimination, since they were contract workers who worked "for" Harrods within the meaning of s.7, even though they also worked for their employer.

In Harrods Ltd v Remick and others [1997] IRLR 583, the Court of Appeal holds that the work which was available for doing by employees of Harrods' licensees at the department store was "work for" both the licensees and Harrods. The work was required by Harrods, under its contractual arrangements with the licensees, to be done by the licensees' employees, and those arrangements entitled Harrods to regulate the employees' conduct in the course of carrying out the work.