Deer v University of Oxford [2015]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    EWCA Civ 52
  • Legal Body
    England and Wales Court of Appeal (EWCA)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
Issues covered: Sex Discrimination; Victimisation; Detriment

The claimant in this England and Wales Court of Appeal case had previously settled a claim of sex discrimination against the University. She raised claims after this, alleging victimisation as a result of her having put forward the earlier claim. In particular, she argued the grievance procedure was flawed. The E&W Court of Appeal found that the university was acting on their lawyers' advice and no correction to the grievance investigation would have changed the outcomes.

What is of interest in Ireland and elsewhere is Elias LJ's comments on what constitutes a detriment in equality law and how a detriment is almost always present when an act of discrimination takes place:

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