Redheads earn more

14th November 1997 at 00:00
We are grateful to Linda Marsh, the indefatigable education officer who has been spending much of her time in court, for explaining the legal niceties of the sex discrimination case which reached the Lords last week.

"Our argument," she tells her local authority colleagues, "states that there would be nothing unlawful in an employer paying people with red hair more than people with brown hair. It may not be fair but, provided the employer does not discriminate on the basis of sex even if a pay practice is abhorrent and idiosyncratic, it does not require in law to be objectively justified by the employer."

We regret that this essential legal rationale was missing from our report.

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