*Sargeant and others v London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and others; London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority and others v Sargeant and others

Employment – Discrimination. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (the EAT) ruled on appeals arising out of test cases brought in respect of the transitional provisions in the Firefighters' Pension Scheme 2015. It held that the employment tribunal (the tribunal) had not erred in concluding that the fifth and sixth respondent Government departments (which were responsible for establishing schemes for the payment of pensions to firefighters in England and Wales) had been pursuing legitimate aims in devising and implementing the transitional arrangements in respect of the new pension scheme, even though they had a discriminatory impact on grounds of age. However, the appeals were allowed, in part, on the ground that the tribunal had erred in applying, on the issue of proportionality, only the level of scrutiny described in the decisions of the European Court of Justice and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and by declining to apply the level of scrutiny described in the domestic case law.

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