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Author Purkayastha, Debapratim, author

Title Flexibility in the workplace & discrimination by association : Sharon Coleman vs. Attridge Law / written by Debapratim Purkayastha
Published Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh : IBS Center for Management Research, [2008]
copyright 2008
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Description 1 online resource (18 pages)
Series Human resource management online (text)
Summary On July 17, 2008, to the European Court of Justice (EJC) gave a ruling that expanded the scope of European law on disability discrimination to include those who were associated with or responsible for a disabled person. The case discusses in detail the events that led to this ruling which was considered a landmark one and was expected to have huge implications for businesses in Europe. It all began when Sharon Coleman (Coleman) a former legal secretary with London-based law firm Attridge Law, sued her former employer (and a partner in the firm) in August 2005 for constructive dismissal. Coleman, who had a disabled son, alleged that the firm had discriminated against her at the workplace due to her association with a disabled person. She alleged that she was treated differently, subjected to criticism and insults, denied flexible working arrangements that would help her to take care of her badly disabled child, and ultimately forced into accepting voluntary redundancy. She claimed that other employees were allowed flexible working arrangements. The case was referred by the UK Employment Tribunal to the EJC, to establish whether or not the European Framework Employment Directive included discrimination against the carer of a disabled person or discrimination by association. EJC's ruling in favor of Coleman was expected to change the interpretation of discrimination laws in the UK as well as in other member countries of the European Union. The case also discusses in detail the possible implications for businesses and particularly the challenges faced by the HR Managers, in light of this ruling
Notes Case code: HROB115
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 16-17)
Notes In English
Subject Personnel management -- Europe -- Case studies.
Discrimination against people with disabilities -- Law and legislation -- Europe -- Case studies.
Flexible work arrangements -- Europe -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book