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R v Secretary of State for Employment ex parte Equal Opportunities Commission [1994]

Facts

  • Research showed that prior to the case that men were predominately full time workers and women predominately part time workers
  • It was therefore inferred that it was discriminatory to women for redundancy protection to require 2 years of full time employment in comparison with 5 years required in part time employment
  • The equal opportunities commission claimed judicial review on this inference

Issue

  • Was such a requirement discriminatory with regards to EU law

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Parliament subsequently changed the law without consulting any official EU bodies
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