Black & Anor v Wilkinson [2013] EWCA Civ 820

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    EWCA Civ 820
  • Legal Body
    England and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination and Equality
Issues covered: Sexual Orientation Discrimination; Goods; facilities and services; justification

In this case the Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the County Court, which was widely reported at the time, that a B&B owner had discriminated against a homosexual couple by refusing them accommodation.

The Claimants, a homosexual couple who were not in a civil partnership, had booked to stay in a double room in the Defendant’s B&B. The Defendant, who is a committed Christian, refused to let them stay making clear it was because she did not like the idea of two men sharing a bed.

The County Court found that this was unlawful discrimination in the provision of facilities on grounds of sexual orientation contrary to the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007. The

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This article is correct at 11/07/2013

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