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Race discrimination: Reverse burden of proof applies to claims of discrimination on grounds of colour

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In Chagger v Abbey National plc and another EAT/0606/07, the EAT held that a claim of discrimination on grounds of skin colour inevitably involves a complaint of discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin, thus engaging s.54A of the Race Relations Act 1976. In addition, allowing an appeal against an award of around £2.8 million compensation, the EAT held that the tribunal should have considered a Polkey-type question in relation to loss of earnings, and that recoverable loss should be limited to that flowing from loss of employment with the discriminator.