Volunteers’ status under anti-discrimination law: where to now?


A personal view from Declan O’Dempsey and Olivia Faith Dobbie, Cloisters

Judgement in the case of X v Mid Sussex CAB was handed down by the Supreme Court 12th December 2012, in which it was held that volunteers (unpaid workers)do not qualify for protection from discrimination under the employment provisions of European or domestic anti-discrimination law. The principal disagreement between the parties (a volunterr legal advisor and a CAB) was about the proper interpretation of Article 3 of the Framework Directive1, which underlies the relevant legislation.

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