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Employment law 2013 review: race discrimination

There has for some years now been a campaign to include protection against caste discrimination in equality legislation. The ERRA 2013 includes a power to specify caste as an aspect of race. While the government is now committed to bringing this into force, how quickly this will happen is another question.

Campaigners are angry at the Government Equality Office’s ‘caste discrimination legislation timetable’, which states that a full public consultation is likely to be issued in February or March 2014. Taking into account the need for the government’s response, draft order and further consultation, it looks unlikely that caste discrimination will actually be unlawful before 2015.

But in the meantime, tribunals are already dealing with the issue…

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