Discrimination: Goods and Services

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation

A Court of Appeal decision has confirmed that, if a business is offering services to the public, it must offer those services in a non-discriminatory way.

The court held that a hotel had discriminated against gay civil partners on the grounds of their sexual orientation. The court said that only heterosexual married couples could comply with the hotel's precondition for letting double rooms to married couples only, because gay couples could not marry.

Therefore, the hotel directly discriminated against homosexual couples.
This checklist sets out the duties a business owes to members of the public when they are provided with goods, services or facilities.

For further information, please contact our Dispute Resolution Team.

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