Reyes v Al-Malki & Anor Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceUKSC 61
Legal BodyUk Supreme Court (UKSC)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionDiscrimination and Equality, Human Rights, Pay
The appeal concerned diplomatic immunity, in particular diplomatic immunity in respect of claims brought by domestic servants against diplomats. When delivering a summary of the decision, Lord Sumption emphasised that exploitative employment practices under cover of diplomatic status is a recurring problem in the UK and elsewhere. Diplomats enjoy immunities under domestic and international law which limit their employees' access to the domestic courts.
Ms Reyes was a Pilipino national. She received a tier 5 visa to the UK facilitated by her employers, Mr and Mrs Al-Malki. Mr Al-Malki was a Saudi Arabian diplomat working in the embassy in London. The couple employed Ms Reyes in their private
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