Extra clause added into UK Equality Bill

6 May

An extra clause has been added into the UK Equality Bill that will come into force in October of this year. The new clause was drafted specifically to cover cases where people (e.g. family members) are ‘associated’ with the person with a disability in question and reads;

Clarifies protection against discrimination by association, for example in relation to a mother who cares for her disabled child

This follows the case of Sharon Coleman who had to go to the European Court wo delivered the following verdict:

…discrimination law is there to combat all forms of discrimination, including those connected to protected groups of people.

The new Clause should prevent the necessity of taking the case to the European Court and will allow such cases to be settled at UK level.

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