It is not every day that a group of over 200 judges get together
to issue proceedings against the Ministry of Justice and the Lord
Chancellor, Liz Truss. However, this is exactly what has happened;
the London Central Employment Tribunal has just heard a group
discrimination claim brought by said judges.
The triggering event for this large class action was the changes
made to judicial pensions in 2015. The changes meant that judges
born after 1 April 1957 had to leave the Judicial Pension Scheme
and were instead offered membership of the New Judicial Pension
Scheme. On the face of it, this does not appear to be
discriminatory, even when taking into account the fact that the New
Judicial Pension Scheme is less beneficial.
However, given the drive in recent years to diversify the
judiciary (who have as a group been historically made up of WHAMs
– white, heterosexual, able-bodied, men), there are now more
female judges and more judges from BME backgrounds (black and
minority ethnic) in the younger group who are being required to
leave the more beneficial Judicial Pension Scheme.
The judges have claimed direct age discrimination, indirect race
and sex discrimination, and equal pay. Solicitors acting for the
judges have said that the government accepts the disadvantage, but
argues that the treatment can be objectively justified and
therefore is not unlawful discrimination.
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