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Dual discrimination banned

The Government seems to be making cuts everywhere, and not just to budgets and spending.

In a move mentioned in the Budget last week, rules that were to be introduced under the Equality Act 2010 have been culled. The changes, if they had been brought in, would have allowed claims from employees on the basis of any two of the protected discrimination characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. The Government reckons that if implemented the changes would have cost the UK £350 million.

As if to drive another nail into the coffin of the Equality Act, the government is to consult on the repeal of provisions in relation to third party harassment. These provsions hold an employer liable for any harassment related to one of the earlier mentioned protected characteristics - by a third party - where the employer failed to take reasonable practicable steps to prevent the harassment and where the harassment had occurred on at least two previous occasions. 

This is all good news for employers but not so good for employees.

This was first published in March 2011

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