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Dual discrimination clause proposed for Equality Bill

The government has proposed a new law to protect people who experience discrimination because of a combination of two characteristics, such as black women.

The new 'dual discrimination' clause, which the government wants to insert into the Equality Bill, would allow people to make a claim if they were directly discriminated against because of a combination of two relevant protected characteristics.

This would mean, for example, that a black woman who is discriminated against because her employer has particular stereotyped attitudes towards black women - as opposed to black men or white women - could bring a single claim for combined race and sex discrimination.

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July 7, 2009

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