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Chandhok and another v Tirkey [2014] UKEAT/0190/14

In Chandhok v Tirkey the EAT heard a claim from a domestic worker, Ms Tirkey, that she was treated badly by reason of her caste (she belonged to the Adivasi, a caste perceived as low in status). She sought to extend her claim of race discrimination to include a claim of discrimination on the basis of her caste. The EAT held that Ms Tirkey could proceed with a claim for caste discrimination as part of her race discrimination complaint. Although caste was not specifically included as part of the definition of race in section 9(1) Equality Act 2010, that definition is not exhaustive and that ‘ethnic or national origins’ could include race.

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