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Sex discrimination: Discriminatory refusal to transfer pregnant ferry worker

This report relates to 1 case(s)

In Iske v P & O European Ferries (Dover) Ltd [1997] IRLR 401, the EAT holds that a seagoing ferry stewardess suffered direct sex discrimination when her employer refused to transfer her to work on shore after the 28th week of her pregnancy, from which point she was prohibited from working at sea under statutory Regulations. The fact that a man who was unfit for seagoing work had been found shore-based work by the company demonstrated, as a matter of inference, that the reason why the applicant was not offered a transfer was that she was 28 weeks pregnant.