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Equality Bill rejection of discrimination by association amendment could lead to more tribunal claims

The decision by the House of Lords to reject an Equality Bill amendment aimed at clarifying the law on discrimination by association could cause increased tribunal claims and employer confusion.

The Lords threw out the amendment last week after they agreed discrimination by association and perception was already covered in the Bill through direct discrimination clauses and by case law – most notably the Coleman v Attridge Law ruling.

The amendment was tabled by Herman Ouseley, who called for a clear statement in the Bill that people associated with minority groups and those perceived to have a protected characteristic were covered by anti-discrimination legislation.

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January 19, 2010

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