The Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey [2017]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    UKEAT 0260_16_1912
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Discrimination and Equality
Issues covered: Disability Discrimination; Perceived Disability

Employees do not need to actually be disabled to be protected against discrimination on grounds of disability under equality laws (the Equality Act 2010 in GB or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in NI). Employees can be protected because they are associated with a disability (e.g. they are the parent of a disabled child) or, as in this case, they are perceived to have a disability or a progressive condition that, whilst not currently meeting the definition of a disability, could go on to become a disability over time.

The claimant in this case was a serving police officer, and was refused a transfer from Wiltshire to Norfolk when she did not meet the Police National Recruitment

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This article is correct at 04/01/2018

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