Osborne Clarke Services v Purohit - Race discrimination in rejecting non-EEA applicants for solicitors' training contracts [2009] EAT

Mr Purohit is Indian. He applied (on the internet) to Osborne Clarke, the well known Bristol based law firm, for a solicitors' training contract. He was rejected, because Osborne Clarke had a policy of not considering any application from anyone needing a work permit from the Home Office (Border&Immigration Agency or BIA).

Mr Purohit lodged claims alleging direct and indirect race discrimination.  An employment tribunal found that there was no direct race discrimination but that there was indirect race discrimination as proportion of non-EEA nationals who could comply with the work permit requirement was smaller than the proportion of persons not in that group who could comply with it. 

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