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Amendments to new Equality Bill


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7 August 2009

The new Equality Bill, which completed its committee stage in the House of Commons last month, will consolidate all discrimination and equality legislation into a single statute.

The most notable amendment in the Bill is one for 'multiple discrimination' which enables claimants to pursue a claim of direct discrimination based upon any two of the protected characteristics, i.e. race AND sex (currently a claim can only be brought in relation to a single protected characteristic).

The Bill has also amended the term 'less favourable' to 'unfavourable' in the context of pregnancy and maternity discrimination.

Other amendments shall include increased paternity rights and further protection against gender reassignment discrimination. There are also proposals to further reduce disability discrimination at the recruitment stage of the employment process (apparently disabled people suffer the most discrimination at this stage).

The Bill will be reprinted to incorporate the amendments made during the committee stage of the Bill and is waiting for its report stage on the floor of the House.

Corinne Day is a trainee solicitor who specialises in information technology law and intellectual property law. She can be contacted via e-mail on

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-08-13 00:33:47 in Legal Articles

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