The EOC (Equal Opportunities Commission) has cited the case of law firm Herbert Smith being fined around £40,000 for refusing to allow a woman to work flexible hours as "absolutely indicative of everything we are campaigning for on flexible and part-time working." Herbert Smith is appealing the tribunal's finding of sex discrimination, victimisation, unfair dismissal and breach of the part-time workers regulations.

According to the EOC, a two-year investigation into flexible and part-time working, due to be published in September, indicates that over 3 million part-time workers are working below their full potential.

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