Gray –v- Mulberry Company (design) Ltd

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th October 2019

This is an appeal against an order made by the Employment Appeal Tribunal dated 26 July 2018 dismissing the Claimant’s appeal from the Employment Tribunal’s decision dismissing the Claimant’s complaints of discrimination on the grounds of philosophical belief.

The Claimant was dismissed because she refused to sign a Copyright Agreement as a condition of continued employment. She declined to do so because of her professed belief in the “statutory human or moral right to own the copyright and moral rights of her own creative works and output”.

The issue was whether that belief amounted to a belief within the meaning of section 10(2) of the Equality Act 2010 and whether the C was the subject of indirect discrimination on the grounds of that belief.

The ET and EAT held that the C’s belief did not fall within s.10 of the 2010 Act.

Read the Lower Court Judgment.

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Part 2

Court of Appeal Judgment