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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Claim of Religious Discrimination to be Heard

A Roman Catholic couple who accused Strathclyde Police of religious discrimination after categorising married couples and civil partners in the same group have won the first round of their employment tribunal.

Lucille and Frank Mc-Quade, from Motherwell, complained after their status as civilian employees of the force was changed from "married" to "married/civil partnership" in personnel records.

The couple, who have been married for 26 years, told the Glasgow tribunal last October they held religious beliefs regarding the sanctity of marriage and found the description "married/civil partnership" offensive, causing injury to their feelings as married persons. They argued this change to their "true legal and religious status" amounted to sex discrimination and religious discrimination.

Strathclyde Joint Police Board denied the McQuades suffered any detriment but the Employment Tribunal has ruled that the case should proceed.

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