Legal: Lesbian case ruling today
Tuesday 30 September 1997
The case made headlines in the summer when Cherie Booth QC appeared in court representing 29-year-old rail worker Lisa Grant whose employer South West trains refuses to give her live-in lover Jill Percey a free travel pass. The company denies it is breaking sex discrimination laws, even though the travel concession would apply to opposite-sex partners, whether married or unmarried.
Lawyers for SWT - backed by the Government - argued that as the firm denies travel concessions to male and female same-sex partners, discrimination is not on grounds of sex, which is covered by existing EU discrimination rules, but on grounds of sexual orientation, which is not.
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