Dual discrimination provisions will be delayed

23 February 2011
Dual discrimination provisions will be delayed

The government has announced that the sections of the Equality Act 2010 which outlaw dual discrimination will not come into force from April 2011, as originally promised.

Dual discrimination is where someone is treated less favourably because they have a combination of protected characteristics. Combinations would include, for example, being an African man, a gay Christian, a young woman or a deaf parent.

The characteristics are those protected under the Equality Act 2010, and include age, disability, race, gender assignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender.

Guidance on dual discrimination will be published twelve weeks before the provisions come into force. At this stage, that date is yet to be announced.

For further information, see the Equality & Diversity section of HRBird.

Source: Personnel Today, XpertHR

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