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Equality
2011
UK

Employees can’t be treated badly because they are gay

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A pub's management forced a gay employee to make the pub less welcoming to gay people, then made comments about him being gay, pushing him to resign. He won his case as he had been badly treated because of his sexuality.

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Disability
2004
UK

Disabled people must be able to access public transport too

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A wheelchair user wanted a train company to pay for a taxi to assist his train travel. The court said as long as it was reasonably practicable, disabled people should be given equivalent access to public transport.

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    Equality
    1997
    Europe

    Female-to-male transsexuals can be treated as the father of their child

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    A transsexual was entitled to be treated as the father of his child, even though he could not be registered as the father on the child's birth certificate. The law has now changed and this would be possible.

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      Equality
      1985
      Europe

      Female immigrants get the same protection as male immigrants

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      Three women were legally resident in the UK. Their husbands, resident abroad, were not allowed to live in the UK with their wives and families. They successfully challenged the rules, which were later changed.

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      Equality
      1997
      Europe

      The age of consent is equal for all

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      The UK had an higher age of consent for homosexuals. The European Court said this discriminated against Mr Surtherland and violated his right to privacy. The UK government then committed to equalise the age of consent, which it did in 2000.

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      Equality
      2006
      Europe

      Children of all races must have equal access to education

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      Disproportionate numbers of Roma children were placed in special schools. This breached their right to access to primary education and their right not to be discriminated against on racial grounds.

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        Equality
        2012
        Europe

        Gypsy families must have stronger rights to challenge eviction

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        Mrs Buckland was evicted from her caravan site following anti-social behaviour by her son and non-payment of bills by herself. She complained that had not had the chance to appeal against her conviction. She won her case.

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        Equality
        2005
        UK

        Racial discrimination is unacceptable at all stages of immigration process

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        British immigration officers at Prague Airport were told to make it more difficult for Roma people to enter. The court said that racial discrimination at any point in the asylum process is not permitted, and no race of people is excluded from the right to asylum.

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        Equality
        2014
        UK

        Transgender people can stay married after changing gender

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        Gay couples can convert their civil partnerships to marriages. Transgender people do not now have to get divorced following surgery.

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        50 Cases
        2010
        UK

        Gay and lesbian people can’t be returned to persecution

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        Under the United Nations Refugee Convention, social groups that have a well-founded fear of persecution are refugees. In this case, the Supreme Court said gays and lesbians could not be expected to live closeted lives in places they are persecuted.

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        Equality
        2004
        UK

        An employer can’t refuse to employ transgender people

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        A person who had an operation to become a woman was refused a job as a police officer. She won her case as she had not got the job because she was a transsexual.

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        50 Cases
        2014
        UK

        Police must investigate rape claims

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        Two women complained to the police about sexual assault by a taxi driver. He was not brought to justice. It turned out he had raped and/or assaulted 100 women. The women won their claim that they suffered degrading treatment because the police failed to act.

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        Equality
        1981
        Europe

        Being gay is not a crime

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        A Northern Irish man had been interrogated by the local police on his sexual activities - he was gay and Northern Ireland's law punished homosexuality. The European Court ruled his right to privacy had been breached. Shortly afterwards, Northern Ireland decriminalised homosexuality.

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        Disability
        2010
        UK

        The law now protects disabled people in many areas

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        The Equality Act outlaws discrimination on grounds of disability, age, sex, race, religion and other characteristics, at work and when receiving services. It brought together all existing anti-discrimination law.

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        Equality
        2002
        Europe

        Transgender people have equal rights, including to marry

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        Christine Goodwin complained she was not entitled to the same employment, social security and pension rights as those born female. The European Court said that was discrimination. Shortly afterwards, the UK introduced a system which allowed transsexual people to be legally recognised in their new gender.

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        50 Cases
        2004
        UK

        No race barriers to asylum

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        British immigration officers at Prague airport were told to make it more difficult for Roma people to come here. The court said that racial discrimination at any point in the asylum process is not permitted, and no race of people is excluded from the right to asylum.

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          Equality
          2004
          Europe

          Women can’t be forced to take their husband’s name

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          A married woman who took her husband's name wasn't allowed to continue using her maiden name in her professional life. This was judged to be an interference with her private life, and discriminatory.

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            Equality
            2008
            Europe

            A local authority can’t refuse gay adoption applications

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            A lesbian applied to adopt the child of her long-term partner and was refused. The European Court of Human Rights said that was discrimination. She won her case.

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            Equality
            2004
            Europe

            The age of consent must be the same whether you’re gay or straight

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            A man had been arrested and charged for having sex with a 16 year old. He won his case in the European Court. It was unlawful discrimination and a breach of the right to privacy to have a different age of consent for homosexual and heterosexual intercourse.

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              Equality
              2013
              UK

              You can’t refuse a couple a double bed because they’re gay

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              Christian bed and breakfast hotel owners refused a double-bedded room to a same sex couple becasue they weren't married. Gay people couldn't get married. The Supreme Court said this was discrimination.

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              50 Cases
              2004
              UK

              Gay people are treated equally in inheritance matters

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              A gay man was stopped from inheriting a council flat from his dead male partner. Only a husband or wife could inherit. He challenged the law and the law had to change.

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                Equality
                1999
                UK

                Same-sex couples can be a family

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                A man was not allowed to inherit the council flat of his long-term male partner, who had died, because they were gay. The court said this was discrimination. He won his case.

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                  Equality
                  1999
                  Europe

                  Openly gay soldiers can serve in the Armed Forces

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                  Four men were dismissed from the Royal Navy for being homosexuals. The European Court of Human Rights ruled their their right to privacy had been violated. Because of this, the Armed Forces withdrew the long-standing ban on homosexuals serving.

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                  Equality
                  2000
                  Europe

                  Consensual gay activity is legal

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                  A man was prosecuted for gross indecency for taking part in gay group sex. The European Court of Human Rights said this was a violation of his right to privacy. The law was changed in 2003 by the Sexual Offences Act.

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