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Sex discrimination: Royal Navy promotion system gave rise to indirect sex discrimination

This report relates to 1 case(s)

In Ministry of Defence v Cartner EAT/0242/10, the EAT upheld the tribunal’s decision that a Royal Navy promotion board indirectly discriminated against a non-seagoing female naval officer by preferring those with seagoing experience when considering candidates for promotion.

Key points

  • The employment tribunal was entitled to find that the employer applied a provision, criterion or practice that had the effect of preferring for promotion those candidates who had seagoing experience, which disadvantaged female officers.