A deaf woman who took High Court action after complaining about a lack of British Sign Language interpreters at Government Covid briefings in England has won a compensation fight.
Katie Rowley, who is in her 30s and from Leeds, took legal action against the Cabinet Office.
Ms Rowley said the Government has breached obligations to make broadcasts accessible to deaf people under equality legislation.
Ministers disputed her claim and lawyers representing the Cabinet Office said it should be dismissed.
Similar briefings by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, his Scottish counterpart Nicola Sturgeon and from Stormont in Northern Ireland included British Sign Language interpreters on screen.
A judge based in London made a ruling in Ms Rowley’s favour of Wednesday.
Mr Justice Fordham said the absence of any British sign language interpretation for “data briefings” on September 21 2020 and October 12 2020 constituted “discrimination” against Ms Rowley by “reason of breach” of the “reasonable adjustments duty”.
He said damages would be assessed by a judge in a county court.
Mr Justice Fordham said the Government was not “in present or continuing breach”.