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Easyjet discriminated breastfeeding mothers

An employment tribunal has held that EasyJet's roster practices were indirectly discriminatory towards two breastfeeding employees on the grounds of sex. This arose through it’s refusal to allow the employees (who were crew members) to have bespoke roster arrangements.

The employees had requested not to be rostered for shifts longer than eight hours. The tribunal also found that EasyJet had suspended the employees on maternity grounds within the meaning of section 66(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) and had failed to pay the associated remuneration required under section 68 of the ERA 1996. The tribunal further found that EasyJet had failed to offer suitable alternative work contrary to the requirements of section 67 of the ERA 1996. The tribunal awarded compensation and made recommendations.

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