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Article: Comparators in marital status discrimination: General or specific?

TitleComparators in marital status discrimination: General or specific?
Authors
Issue Date2010
PublisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/
Citation
Hong Kong Law Journal, 2010, v. 40 PART 3, p. 563-575 How to Cite?
AbstractDiscrimination can be broadly defi ned as indefensible differential treatment based on certain prohibited grounds. It is implicit in the concept of differential treatment to have a comparator who is in similar or not materially different circumstances. It is argued that it is not always possible to fi nd an appropriate comparator in the context of marital status discrimination, and a liberal and holistic approach is called for in the case of hiring or dismissal involving a spouse. The article concludes with some refl ections on when such hiring or dismissal decisions could be justifi ed, and points out that while a liberal and holistic approach is desirable, the present statutory regime may not permit such an analysis in the case of direct discrimination, and that the court will fi nd itself engaged in a tortuous and artifi cial comparator analysis to avoid a fi nding of discrimination when the differential treatment may be justified.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/142601
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.215
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101
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dc.contributor.authorChan, Jen_HK
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dc.date.available2011-10-28T02:52:42Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Law Journal, 2010, v. 40 PART 3, p. 563-575en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0378-0600en_HK
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dc.description.abstractDiscrimination can be broadly defi ned as indefensible differential treatment based on certain prohibited grounds. It is implicit in the concept of differential treatment to have a comparator who is in similar or not materially different circumstances. It is argued that it is not always possible to fi nd an appropriate comparator in the context of marital status discrimination, and a liberal and holistic approach is called for in the case of hiring or dismissal involving a spouse. The article concludes with some refl ections on when such hiring or dismissal decisions could be justifi ed, and points out that while a liberal and holistic approach is desirable, the present statutory regime may not permit such an analysis in the case of direct discrimination, and that the court will fi nd itself engaged in a tortuous and artifi cial comparator analysis to avoid a fi nding of discrimination when the differential treatment may be justified.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/en_HK
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dc.titleComparators in marital status discrimination: General or specific?en_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailChan, J: johannes@hku.hken_HK
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