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No limits to discrimination claims

A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling highlights the dangers of attempting to limit the number of discriminatory acts alleged in a claim. Kevin Charles reports.

Dr L Tarn v Dr N Hughes & others concerned a GP who brought claims of sex and pregnancy discrimination, harassment and victimisation against her former colleagues, who were partners in the GP practice where she worked. In total, she alleged 30 separate acts of discrimination.

At a preliminary telephone hearing, the employment judge (EJ) raised his concerns regarding the number of pleaded acts of discrimination and ordered the claimant to select up to 10 of the 30 allegations for consideration at a full hearing, which was listed for October. The EJ ordered that the claimant could rely on the remaining allegations as background or context; alternatively, she could pursue those matters as separate claims at a later hearing, after the October hearing.

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September 12, 2018

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