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Removal of dog was discriminatory
In a case more interesting for its facts than its principle, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Keohane is an EAT decision upholding the Employment Tribunal decision regarding a pregnant police dog handler who was found to have suffered pregnancy and maternity discrimination when one of her narcotic dogs was reallocated when she announced she was pregnant and her request to have the dog returned before the end of her maternity leave was rejected. The EAT held that the Tribunal was entitled to find that the decision making process to remove the dog was because of her pregnancy, although the Tribunal was incorrect to find that the risk to her career at a result of the dog’s removal did not amount to a particular disadvantage for the purposes of an indirect sex discrimination claim. The rationale behind this is that her status as a dual narcotics dog handler enhanced her career prospects and enabled her to earn overtime.
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