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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The Will Writing Company Limited

It has been reported that The Will Writing Company Limited, whose registered office is at Ergo House, Mere Way, Ruddington Fields Business Park, Nottingham, have ceased to practise.

If you made Wills using this company then it is probably worthwhile making contact with them in order to retrieve your Wills. Once you have your Wills you may wish to make an appointment with one of the lawyers in our Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and Probate Team in order to review your Will to ensure it still accords with your wishes. We also offer a Will storage facility which is free of charge.

To review your Will please contact one of our lawyers in the Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Department:-

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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