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Perth & Kinross Council v Townsley - Extension of time for making a discrimination claim [2010] EAT

An extension of the time limit (here to submit a claim of indirect race discrimination) should not be granted where the complainant's ignorance of the possibility of presenting a claim is not 'reasonable ignorance' and the facts suggest that the complainant has no case.

Ms Townsley is a Scottish gypsy traveller. In November 2007 she applied to Perth & Kinross Council for the role of site manager at the Doubledykes travellers' site. In December 2007 her application was rejected. 19 months later Ms Townsley sought to bring a claim of race discrimination in the Dundee Employment Tribunal in relation to her rejection. The job specification for the role outlined that applicants should be "educated to standard grade or equivalent" (standard grades are akin to GCSEs). Ms Townsley claimed that this requirement discriminated against Scottish gypsy travellers because the norm is for them to only attend school up to primary level.

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