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Conflicting beliefs and balancing rights: lessons learnt from Meade and Phoenix

Posted on 19 March 2024

The case of Forstater confirmed that gender-critical beliefs, which include the belief that biological sex is real, significant, and unchangeable, and should not be confused with gender identity, are protected under Section 10 of the Equality Act 2010.

Following the Forstater decision, there have been several successful discrimination claims made by individuals with gender-critical beliefs. 

These include the original Forstater case, as well as the cases of Bailey and Fahmy. In January, two additional judgments, Meade and Phoenix, were published, which continued this trend.

Katie Mahoney, Of Counsel at Mishcon de Reya, and Kerenza Davies of Blackstone Chambers have provided their expert analysis regarding the Meade and Phoenix cases, highlighting some of the key lessons employers should take away from both cases.

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