In Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey  IRLR 193 EAT, the EAT held that there was direct disability discrimination when a police officer was refused a transfer because she failed a hearing test - even though the extent of her hearing loss did not amount to a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010. The tribunal was entitled to find that she was perceived as being disabled and that was enough to establish her claim.
In Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that a police force's refusal to grant an officer a transfer because of its perception that her hearing problems could develop into a disability amounted to perceived direct discrimination.
The Supreme Court has held that EU law requires police officers to be able to bring discrimination claims in employment tribunals in respect of dismissals that are the result of police misconduct panel proceedings.
An employment tribunal has held that a police force's policy of giving a period of full pay to mothers on maternity leave, but paying only statutory shared parental pay to partners, is not discriminatory.
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