Positive action

Status and discrimination law - some hurdles - 22 Feb 2014

Paul Michell of Cloisters Chambers gave a very interesting talk to a packed room on the subject of "Status and discrimination law - some hurdles" to shed light on the meaning of "employment" and "occupation" under the Framework Directive.

You can view his Powerpoint presentation by clicking here 

GEO consultation on Specific Duties

The specific duties play a vital role in setting out what approach authorities should take towards compliance with the general duty, but the DLA has reservations about the proposed changes to the specific duties.

DLA Response to the Government Equality Office: Women Only Shortlists

The DLA welcomed the desire to address the issue of the imbalance in Parliamentary seats, and makes recommendations for how to use the law to achieve this. 

EC Proposals for a new Directive prohibiting discrimination outside employment

In its submission to the EC, the DLA makes a number of specific recommendations regarding the text of this proposed Directive, specifically in the areas of exceptions, positive action, victimination, multiple discrimination, equality bodies, and public procurement.

The DLA strongly recommends that these changes are introduced via a single Directive covering all four grounds of discrimination (religion or belief, age, disability, and sexual orientation), rather than separate Directives for each ground. We believe that a single Directive will aid legal clarity and transparency from the perspective of individuals, employers and service-providers. In addition, a single Directive is a better response to the situation of those who experience multiple discrimination. The DLA raises the concern that the introduction of a further Directive does not lead to any regression from the level of protection already guaranteed in the existing Directives.

January 2008

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