TUC welcomes European Court of Justice disability judgement

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date: 17 July 2008

embargo: For immediate release

Welcoming the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision today (Thursday) that a UK mother, Sharon Coleman, was discriminated against by her employer because of her disabled child, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'This is a victory for all parents and carers who look after disabled children and adults. Employers now need to look at their recruitment and other workplace policies to make sure they are not discriminating against staff who have disabled family members or friends.

'Sharon Coleman's employer took too narrow a view of the UK's disability discrimination laws and the ECJ has rightly decided that the protection of the law must now extend to carers and anyone associated with disabled people, as well as disabled people themselves.

'Ministers must look at the forthcoming Single Equality Bill to ensure that it includes legislation to prevent similar instances of discrimination from taking place in future.'

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