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An examination of positive action and harassment as forms of discrimination and the proposed changes in the Equality Bill 2009

By Jackie Lane


The White Paper “Framework for a Fairer Future – the Equality Bill”1 states that the government’s commitment to equality is: a. Necessary for the individual b. Necessary for society c. Necessary for the economy It states that it is time to “declutter the law” – over the 40 years that discrimination legislation has been evolving it has become very complex, and has been described as a “proverbial dog’s breakfast, with significant differences between the strands, and even differences within the strands, depending on whether the provisions relate to areas falling within the scope of one of the new Directives”2 . There are now nine major pieces of legislation and around 100 statutory instruments, not to mention the guidance and codes of practice that accompany them. It also states that it is time to strengthen the law, quoting the following disturbing statistic

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