Discrimination questionnaires abolished from 6 April 2014

18 May 2014
Discrimination questionnaires abolished from 6 April 2014

From 6 April 2014, the statutory discrimination questionnaire procedure will be abolished for breaches of discrimination law taking place on or after 6 April 2014.

The statutory discrimination questionnaire procedure included a form which helped claimants to formulate their discrimination claims and strict accompanying timescales which organisations must comply with.

The statutory procedure is instead replaced with guidance issued by Acas for employment claims and guidance from gov.uk for claims relating to service delivery. Read the guidance here

While there are no sanctions underpinning the guidance and no timescales that must be adhered to, claimants still have the right to ask questions.

Organisations that do not respond or respond ambiguously may lead the courts to draw adverse inferences against the organisation. Courts may also still order organisations to provide information.

Therefore the expectation that organisations respond to questions around discrimination from staff and the public is still present. While the approach is less formal, the importance of responding remains.

For further information, see the diversity and equality section of HRBird.

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