DWP to appeal against tie discrimination ruling

A
landmark case in which a male office worker won the right not to wear a collar
and tie on the grounds it was discriminatory has been sent back to an
employment tribunal for reconsideration.

Jobcentre
Plus employee Matthew Thompson originally won a sexual discrimination case
because he was told what he had to wear, while female colleagues at the branch
in Stockport were not.

However,
the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has now been given leave to contest
this by the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the grounds that the original
employment tribunal considered the wrong issue when making its judgment.

Up
to 7,000 other cases are said to be waiting on the outcome of Thompson’s
challenge.

By Mike Berry

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