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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
    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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      Children
      2007
      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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        Disability
        2011
        UK

        You can’t shut a library without considering impact on disabled people

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        Individuals, including a man with a learning disability, challenged changes to councils’ library services. Equality duties had been breached by the councils’ failures to consider the potential impact on the disabled

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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
          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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          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
            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
              2000
              Europe

              Juries must not discriminate

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              A defendant in criminal proceedings believed members of the jury were racist as they had made racist jokes. The court agreed the trial had been unfair.

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              Equality
              2004
              Europe

              Gypsies have same right to keep their homes as caravan owners

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              The Council wanted to evict a gypsy family because of anti-social behaviour. The family won its case and were allowed to stay. The government changed the law shortly afterwards to protect gypsies from eviction.

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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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              Equality
              2001
              UK

              Discrimination at work due to nationality isn’t allowed

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              An English man working for the BBC in Scotland lost his job and was replaced with a Scottish woman. He won his case - he was discriminated against because he was English and BBC Scotland wanted a Scottish person to do the job instead.

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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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                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
                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
                  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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                  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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                  Disability
                  2015
                  UK

                  A disabled person can’t be evicted if it’s discriminatory

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                  A disabled man facing eviction said he was being discriminated against by his landlord. The Supreme Court said that judges have to consider discrimination eviction cases carefully and in detail.

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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
                    2013
                    UK

                    The social care system must be fair to disabled people

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                    Getting employment and support allowance required a questionnaire and usually a face-to-face interview. This was causing major problems for people with mental health problems. The court said the system was unlawfully discriminating against them.

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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
                      2002
                      Europe

                      Post-operative transsexuals can marry who they like

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                      A male to female transsexual was still considered male, so couldn't marry a man. This was a violation of her right to privacy. Two years later, the Gender Recognition Act gave legal recognition to transsexuals in their acquired gender.

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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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