Amicus Brief update – Supreme Court rules in favour of black former officer P v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

On 25 October 2017 the Supreme Court sent down a judgment in favour of a black female former police officer. In the case of P v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Lords Mance, Sumption, Reed, Hughes and Hodge found that police officers are entitled to bring discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal in respect of dismissals following proceedings before a Police Misconduct Panel.

The former officer Met officer now has the right to sue for discrimination at an employment tribunal. The discrimination related to a disability – post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) she sustained after an assault on duty. She was dismissed after a misconduct panel where where her disability had formed part of her defence.

The NBPA was named in the judgment along with a group of organisations including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Society of Black Lawyers, NHS BME Network and Operation Black Vote who submitted evidence in the case as part of an Amicus brief. 

See also uksc-2016-0041-press-summary