Letters Unfair dismissal case

Sex discrimination claim is wrong in unfair dismissal case

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2727 (Published 03 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2727
  1. Paolo Tomasi, pharmaceutical medicine physician1
  1. 1London NW3 1AD, UK
  1. tomasipaolo{at}yahoo.it

Paradoxically, the sentence passed in this case is correct yet wrong at the same time.1 It is fair that the doctors be reinstated on their previous contract, but accepting that the requirement to do on call work and guarantee coverage 24 hours a day corresponds to sex discrimination is wrong and dangerous. Will women working in emergency departments, intensive care, and indeed all other medical branches be allowed to opt out of night and weekend cover on the basis that this “disproportionately affects women”?


Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2727


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