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VOYEURS AND EXHIBITIONISTS NOT PROTECTED BY NEW EQUALITIES LAW

The government has laid regulations before parliament stating that voyeurism and exhibitionism are not disabilities for the purpose of the Equality Act 2010.

Under the Equality Act 2010, employers and service providers are not allowed to discriminate on grounds of individuals' physical or mental disabilities. The Act also requires employers to make reasonable adjustments to help those suffering from disabilities.

The government has made it clear that voyeurism can never amount to a mental disability so as to attract legal protection. Similarly, exhibitionism will never amount to a disability and attract legal protection.

Daniel Barnett comments: "This law makes it clear that employers are not required to make special adjustments to welcome voyeurs or exhibitionists into the workplace. Nor are employers required to make allowances for any mental disability if an employer wants to dismiss someone who turns out to be a voyeur or a flasher.

"Similarly, individuals with heavy tattoos and body piercings are excluded from the protection of the Equalities Act 2010."

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September 3, 2010

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