Employment - Discriminatory practices
While employees have long enjoyed protection from workplace discrimination based on race, gender and disability, other areas have formerly fallen outside the remit of UK law. Julian Taylor and Hannah Meakin look at the scope of new EC legislation to amend this,
Employers and their advisers are having to stay on their toes to keep up with rapidly expanding legislation prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and beyond. To date, the law relating to discrimination has focused on three areas – sex, race and disability. In addition to taking on board amendments to the legislation prohibiting sex and race discrimination that were made in July this year, employers will soon have to get to grips with new legislation prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, age and sexual orientation. Still to come are further amendments to existing disability and sex discrimination legislation.
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