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Landmark indirect sexual discrimination case for cabin crew member


A tribunal judge at Birmingham Employment Tribunal found in favour of the claimant, a senior cabin crew member employed by a prominent airline, in a test case involving indirect sexual discrimination.

The case had been raised by the claimant who, having returned to work following the birth of her child, the tribunal found was placed at a disadvantage in comparison to her male colleagues when the airline refused her request for adjusted working hours.

The claimant requested her work pattern to be revised to reduce her working days and provide a schedule to enable her to make adequate childcare provisions. The airline unsuccessfully advanced a justification defence that there was a business need for cabin crew to work fully flexible shifts.

Both parties will now have six weeks to come to an agreement on a settlement and discussions will also begin to mutually agree the claimant’s working hours.

Christopher Edwards, instructed by Robert Smith at Thompsons, acted for the claimant.


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