January 10th, 2022 by James Goudie KC

Section 29(6) of the Equality Act 2010 on exercise of a public function does not provide a remedy equivalent to Section 39(2) of that Act on discrimination against employee. So held in Eckland v Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset (2021) EWCA Civ 1961, because the former claim has to be brought in the County Court, whereas the latter can be pursued in an Employment Tribunal. There are a number of material differences between the two jurisdictions, including that it is the ET which has the appropriate expertise for determining discrimination disputes in the employment field, and both the costs regime and the available remedies are different.

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