Following today’s judgment in FirstGroup v Paulley in the Supreme Court, FirstBus’s MD Giles Fearnley said:
We are therefore also pleased that the Supreme Court found that we did not discriminate against Mr Paulley.
I defy Giles Fearnley, FirstBus or anybody else to identify the supposed Supreme Court finding that First Group “did not discriminate against Mr Paulley.”
Hint: it’s not in there.
What the Court did say is:
The view of this Court is that FirstGroup was in breach.
This case was specifically about whether or not FirstGroup discriminated against me, by failing to make sufficient adjustment to try to ensure that the wheelchair space was available to me, when I needed to travel that day in February 2012. It ruled on whether their policies and practices are discriminatory.
All seven judges found in my favour.
FirstGroup were found to be in breach of their duty to make such adjustments. As all agree, a failure to make such adjustments is discrimination, as specifically defined by the Equality Act 2010.
So how can FirstGroup, in all conscience, claim that the Supreme Court decided that FirstGroup didn’t discriminate against me?