Blackwood v Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Employment – Sex discrimination. The employee brought a claim for indirect sex discrimination. The question arose as to whether the employment tribunal had correctly construed a reference to the phrase 'power to afford access' in s 56(5) of the Equality Act 2010. The Employment Appeal Tribunal held that, on the evidence, the tribunal had not erred, and the narrow construction sought by the employee would deprive the phrase of any real meaning, which could not have been Parliament's intention.

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