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Doyle v Chief Constable Of Northumbra Police - Disability discrimination, compensation and causation [2012] EAT

Judicial Review decision broke causation between discriminatory act and potential financial consequences of that act.

Policewoman Alison Doyle suffered two injuries in the course of her career meaning that she went off sick in October 2001 never to return. Eventually, in August 2009, she was compulsorily retired on the basis of her combined spinal and psychiatric problems. She had gone onto sick pay rates of half-pay and then nil-pay as of April 2004 (before the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 applied to police officers (as of 1st October 2004) and so not an act amenable to challenge under the DDA). Despite there being a number of avenues for doing so she was not restored to full pay pending her medical retirement.

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