RAF nurse wins sex discrimination case

The highest ranking nurse in the Royal Air Force (RAF) has won a sex discrimination case against the Ministry of Defence.

Legal action from Group Captain Wendy Williams was brought after she was not picked for a promotional opportunity in July 2011.

A male doctor was chosen instead and the nurse believed she had been discriminated against when the decision was made.

Gp Capt Williams is a registered nurse and midwife and has held her current position since 2003 - but the opportunity went to Gp Capt John Gaffney, who had three and a half years less experience.

A tribunal concluded the reason the role was given to Gp Capt Gaffney was because he was a man.

Commenting on the case, the 54-year-old female nurse said: "This judgment represents an opportunity for the armed forces to scrutinise internal processes and practices and shatter glass ceilings."

A spokesperson for the RAF said it would consider appealing against the verdict.

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26/06/2013 11:28