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UK Supreme Court decision re sexual orientation discrimination and pension rights - Walker v Innospec Ltd and others [SupCrt EW] 12.07.17

Employment - Pension entitlement - Sexual orientation discrimination - Whether male employee is entitled to require a pension fund to pay a surviving spouse’s pension to his civil partner or husband on the same basis that such a pension would be payable if he were married to a woman. HELD employee's appeal allowed. Paragraph 18 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010 is incompatible with EU law and must be disapplied. The employee's husband is entitled on his death to a spouse’s pension, provided they remain married.

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Category: Employment » Part-time workers; Sexual orientation discrimination; Pensions. Area(s) of law: Employment; Public Sector; Pensions.
Source: [2017] UKSC 47; Times 25.07.17.

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