March 6, 2014

Hotel policy discriminated against gay couple

The policy extended to unmarried heterosexual couples as well as gay couples: they, like homosexual couples had to have a double room with two single beds. Hence even though the unmarried heterosexual couples were treated in the same way as gay couples, the crucial difference is because gay couples cannot marry but have to utilise the civil partnership option. Once the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 comes into force, presumably this type of discrimination will not be an issue.

This legal update is provided for general information purposes only and should not be applied to specific circumstances without prior consultation with us.

For further details on any of the issues covered in this update please contact Gemma Ospedale, Partner in Employment on 020 7583 2222.

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