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In Cordell v Foreign and Commonwealth Office EAT/0016/11, the EAT held that a deaf employee was not discriminated against when her employer refused to bear the cost of providing "lip-speaking" assistance abroad, which would have cost about £250,000 a year.
Georgina Kyriacou and David Malamatenios are partners and Sandra Martins, Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
The European Court of Justice has held that an employer is not obliged to provide an unsuccessful job applicant with information on the successful candidate, although a failure to do so could lead to an inference of discrimination in a subsequent tribunal claim.
This Northern Ireland industrial tribunal decision is a good example of how an employer can indirectly discriminate against a female job applicant by making it a requirement to have a number of years' relevant experience within a narrow time frame, something that is more difficult for women who have been raising a family to achieve.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the employment tribunal had gone too far in finding that a witness had lied about his knowledge of the claimant's age and misapplied the reversal of the burden of proof that applies in discrimination cases.
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