The BBC Loses Discrimination Case

25th March 2011
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The BBC Loses Discrimination Case

Recently an Employment Tribunal found in favour of Miriam O’Reilly’s claim against the BBC based upon the grounds of age and sex discrimination.  Miss O’Reilly (51 years of age) was a presenter on the BBC programme Countryfile, but she lost her job to a younger woman (Julia Bradbury aged 40).  The older male presented (John Craven aged 68) was retained.  The BBC had moved the show to a more “prime-time” slot and as part of a “make over” Miss O’Reilly lost her job.

The evidence presented on Miss O’Reilly’s behalf included reference by her colleagues to her wrinkles and her grey hair.

In its defence the BBC claimed it wanted to ensure that its presenters reflected the diversity of its audience.  The Tribunal however held that it had acted unlawfully in putting too much emphasis on youth.

Daven Naghen, head of our Employment Team commented as follows:-

“This case actually highlights the provisions in the new Equality Act 2010, which says that claims can be brought on a basis of combined characteristics.  These provisions are not yet in force, but will allow an employee to identify any two of the protected characteristics (e.g. sex, age, race, disability, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marriage/civil partnerships and pregnancy/maternity) in order to allege discrimination arises because of the particular combination and not because of one of the protected characteristics in isolation.

Hence when these new provisions come into force claims like Miss O’Reilly’s will be even stronger as they can be expressed as arising from the combination of two protected characteristics (e.g. as in this case age and sex) rather than from either of these alone.

If you need advice about the Equality Act 2010 and/or discrimination claims then please contact Daven Naghen on 01775 722261 or

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Maples supporting Macmillan Coffee Morning

On 29th September 2017 Maples Solicitors LLP will be hosting a coffee morning as part of Macmillan’s “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10:00am until 1:00pm and all donations received will go to Macmillan Cancer Support to assist them with providing medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those facing cancer and their families.

At the same time, Maples will also be running a free Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate clinic so that whilst you are in the office you may take the opportunity to discuss any of these with one of the Private Client Team with no obligation to commit. You can use the time to raise any questions you may have about making a Will, who you could appoint as Executors, whether you need a Power of Attorney or how a Power of Attorney works, for example.

Maples hope to see their existing clients join them for the coffee morning and very much look forward to meeting new people- everyone is welcome!

If you would like to discuss any matters in relation to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney or any Probate related matters prior to the coffee morning then please contact one of the lawyers in our private client team:-

Jane Mawer-
Jamie Dobbs-
Faye Blair-

Or telephone the office on 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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