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Equality Bill amendment on discrimination by association rejected

An Equality Bill amendment to clarify the law on protection from discrimination by association has been rejected by the House of Lords.

But a legal expert has told Personnel Today employers were still largely unaware of the right.

Amendment seven, tabled by Herman Ouseley during the House of Lords committee stage of the Equality Bill, called for a clear statement in the Bill that people associated with minority groups and those perceived to have a protected characteristic were themselves protected under discrimination legislation.

It was thrown out on Monday after the Lords agreed discrimination by association was already covered by current legislation.

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January 15, 2010

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