Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 17 July 2008.

S. Coleman v Attridge Law and Steve Law.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Employment Tribunal, London South - United Kingdom.

Social policy - Directive 2000/78/EC - Equal treatment in employment and occupation - Articles 1, 2(1), (2)(a) and (3) and 3(1)(c) - Direct discrimination on grounds of disability - Harassment related to disability - Dismissal of an employee who is not himself disabled but whose child is disabled - Included - Burden of proof.

Case C-303/06.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
30/08/2008 Coleman
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2008:415
17/07/2008 Coleman
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2008:415
17/07/2008 Coleman
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2008:61
31/01/2008 Coleman
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Application (OJ)
30/09/2006 Coleman
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Reports of Cases

2008 I-05603

Subject-matter

Interpretation of Articles 1, 2(2)(a) and 2(3) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment – Scope of the term ‘disability’ – Possibility of extending it to a person who is closely associated with a disabled person and has been discriminated against by reason of that association – Employee bringing up a disabled child on her own

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-15 Social policy
    B-15.00 General
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-15 Social policy
    B-15.00 General


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 10/07/2006

Date of the Opinion

  • 31/01/2008

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

17/07/2008


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 237 from 30.09.2006, p.6

Judgment: OJ C 223 from 30.08.2008, p.6

Name of the parties

Coleman

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Reich, Norbert: Kurzbesprechung der Schlussanträge des Generalanwalts Poiares Maduro vom 31.01.2008 in der Rs. C-303/06 Sharon Coleman gegen Attrige Law und Steve Law, Juristenzeitung 2008 p.132-133
  2. Toggenburg, Gabriel N.: Discrimination by association: a notion covered by EU equality law?, European Law Reporter 2008 p.82-88
  3. Gerards, J.H.: Jurisprudentie bestuursrecht 2008 nº 195
  4. Mok, M.R.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2008 nº 501
  5. Bayreuther, Frank: Drittbezogene und hypothetische Diskriminierungen, Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht 2008 p.986-990
  6. Leder, Tobias: Entscheidungen zum Wirtschaftsrecht 2008 p.603-604
  7. Komárek, J.: Ochrana před diskriminací na základě zdravotního postižení - "Širší, než jste mysleli", Soudní rozhledy : mesícník ceské, zahranicní a evropské judikatury : nová soudní rozhodnutí vydávaná redakcí casopisu Právní rozhledy ve spoluprác jednotlivymi soudci 2008 p.352-353
  8. Mestre, Bruno: Discrimination by association: protected by EU Law but limiting the scope of Mangold, European Law Reporter 2008 p.300-305
  9. Potz, Andrea: GlBG-Hopping? Schadenersatzjäger und das GlBG, Österreichisches Recht der Wirtschaft 2008 p.730-733
  10. Boujeka, Augustin: Le handicap par association. Note sous CJCE, Grande chambre, 17 juill. 2008, S. Coleman c/ Attridge Law et Steve Law, aff. C-303/06, Revue de droit sanitaire et social 2008 p.865-873
  11. Tuma, Barbara: Unzulässige Diskriminierung wegen eines behinderten Kindes, Österreichisches Recht der Wirtschaft 2008 p.603
  12. Le Barbier-Le Bris, Muriel: L'actualité de la jurisprudence communautaire et internationale, Revue de jurisprudence sociale 2008 p.883-885
  13. Driguez, Laetitia: Lutte contre la discrimination en raison du handicap, Europe 2008 Octobre Comm. nº 320 p.27
  14. Broussy, Emmanuelle ; Donnat, Francis ; Lambert, Christian: Chronique de jurisprudence communautaire. Discrimination fondée sur le handicap, L'actualité juridique ; droit administratif 2008 p.2330-2331
  15. Cavallini, Joël: Une discrimination par association fondée sur le handicap est contraire au droit communautaire, La semaine juridique - Social 2008 nº 1549 p.24-25
  16. Petsetas, A.: Elliniki Epitheorisi Evropaïkou Dikaiou 2008 p.555
  17. O'Meara, Noreen ; Baade, Björn: "Discrimination by association" in EC law - Case C-303/06, Coleman v Attridge Law, Bulletin of international legal developments 2008 Vol.19 p.219-220
  18. Werker, Brigitte ; Swarte, Annejet: Ook moeder van gehandicapt kind wordt beschermd door het verbod van discriminatie op grond van handicap, Nederlands tijdschrift voor de mensenrechten ; NJCM bulletin 2008 p.1155-1162
  19. Vas Nunes, P.C.: Het Coleman-arrest en "associatieve" ongelijke behandeling, Tijdschrift Arbeidsrecht Praktijk 2008 p.8-13
  20. Veldman, A.G.: Tijdschrift Recht en Arbeid 2008 nº 1 p.29-30
  21. Melot de Beauregard, Paul: Diskriminierungsschutz ohne Ende?, Recht der internationalen Wirtschaft 2009 p.18-22
  22. Welti, Felix: Gleichbehandlung in Beschäftigung und Beruf / Unmittelbare Diskriminierung wegen einer Behinderung, Zeitschrift für europäisches Sozial- und Arbeitsrecht 2009 p.148-152
  23. Koutsangelou, G.: Dysmenis diakrisi logo schesis, Evropaion Politeia 2009 p.158-163
  24. Rofes i Pujol, Maria Isabel: Crónica de la Jurisprudencia del Tribunal de Justicia de las Comunidades Europeas, Cuadernos Europeos de Deusto 2009 nº 40 p.200-211
  25. Dimopoulos, Andreas: Anapiria kai diakriseis apo syschetismo, Efarmoges Dimosiou Dikaiou 2009 p.290-300
  26. Sutschet, Holger: Assoziierte Diskriminierung, Europäische Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht 2009 p.245-256
  27. Schlachter, Monika: Benachteiligung wegen besonderer Verbindungen statt Zugehörigkeit zu einer benachteiligten Gruppe, Recht der Arbeit 2010 p.104-109
  28. Gundt, N.: Personele werkingssfeer discriminatieverbod op grond van handicap, Het arbeidsrecht in 50 uitspraken (Ed. Kluwer - Alphen aan den Rijn) 2010 p.93-95



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Employment Tribunal, London South - United Kingdom

Subject-matter

  • non-discrimination
  • Principles, objectives and tasks of the Treaties
  • Social policy

Provisions of national law referred to

Disability Discrimination Act 1995, sections 1, 3A, 3B, 4 et 55 Employment Tribunals (Constitution & Rules etc) Regulations 2004, regulation 58

UK - Disability Discrimination Act 1995, sections 1, 3A, 3B, 4 et 55 Employment Tribunals (Constitution & Rules etc) Regulations 2004, regulation 58

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

grande chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Ó Caoimh

Advocate General

Poiares Maduro

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • English