Reyes and anor v Al-Malki and anor Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceEWCA Civ 32
Legal BodyEngland and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDiscrimination and Equality
Does diplomatic immunity trump employment laws? It's not all that clear, as two recent and seemingly contradictory cases show.
Miss Reyes is a Philippine national. She is a victim of trafficking. She was employed as a domestic worker by the defendants at the official diplomatic residence of the Saudi Arabian mission in London. The defendants were a Saudi diplomatic agent and his wife.
Ms Reyes brought proceedings in the Employment Tribunal claiming that she had suffered racial discrimination and harassment and had been paid less than the national minimum wage. The defendants successfully claimed that they were entitled to diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic
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