Discrimination by association

The case of a Northern Irish bakery’s refusal to fulfil an order for a cake bearing the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” has been widely publicised in the news since 2014, and litigation has been ongoing ever since.

As this was a case about potential discrimination against a customer, rather than a worker, it was originally heard in the County Court. But the same legislation applied as would have applied to a discrimination case in the Employment Tribunal, so it is an interesting case from an employment law point of view…

…sincere religious belief will not exempt an employer or a provider of services from complying

with the equality laws…

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