Claire McCann represented a claimant known as C in a landmark case concerning the rights of transgender persons across the UK heard in the Administrative Court this week.
C is challenging the legality of the Government’s retention and use of personal information which reveals she was once male. The key claims are that the visible retention on the Department of Work and Pension's database of C's gender reassignment data constitutes an unjustified interference with her right to respect for private life and amounts to unlawful discrimination.
It is further alleged that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions failed to give due regard to his public sector equality duty, in particular the requirement to meet the different needs of his transgender customers, in deciding to retain data in this way. Judgment was reserved.
See the Daily Mail coverage here.