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Ms P

Ms P says she was servant in India. She says she was treated as is usual for someone of a lower caste. Her employers brought her to the UK and allegedly continued to treat her in the same way. - paying wages well below the statutory minimum, making her work 18 hrs a day with only 1 day's holiday a year etc.

ATLEU took on the case and before getting to the facts had to argue that discrimination because of caste is discrimination under S 13 of the Employment Act 2010.

If it is not, any damages would be extremely limited.

The point is complicated enough that Parliament has stated an intention  to change the law to ensure that caste is protected.

Chris Milsom of Cloisters Chambers was briefed and the tribunal, in December 2014,  found for Ms P that caste is already protected.

So now, if Ms P wins her case she can claim full damages for the discrimination rather than just any proved shortfall in wages.

Ensuring hospital treatment

A prisoner had waited four months for a hospital appointment.  

His hearing aid was blocked and he could barely hear. Prison officers thought he was ignoring them when spoken to.  

He was also due to be reviewed for re-categorisation to Category D conditions. But he was then informed that he was going to be moved imminently to another prison.  

This would mean that he could potentially lose his hospital appointment and suffer delays to his re-categorisation review.  

Thanks to Prisoners Advice Service's intervention, the prison agreed to delay the prison transfer until his hospital appointment and re-categorisation review had taken place.




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