The EAT has confirmed that an employer’s motive for its actions does not allow it to escape liability for direct discrimination where that employer has treated an employee less favourably on racial grounds. The employer in this case did not promote an employee because of her Sudanese ethnic origin. The fact that the employer thought that to promote the employee would lead to the perception that the organisation lacked impartiality in relation to the conflict in Sudan was irrelevant. There had been direct discrimination based solely on her ethnic origins, motive was irrelevant.

Amnesty International v Ahmed