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Unlocking Employment Law by Chris Turner

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9Protection from discrimination

Introduction (the Equality Act 2010)

Aim and Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • ■ Understand the background to the law on discrimination in employment and its limitations prior to the Equality Act 2010
  • ■ Understand the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010
  • ■ Understand the different types of prohibited practices under the Equality Act 2010
  • ■ Understand the nature of occupational requirements
  • ■ Understand the contexts in which discrimination might occur in employment
  • ■ Critically analyse the area
  • ■ Apply the law to factual situations and reach conclusions

9.1 The origins of UK discrimination law

Before the first Race Relations Act in 1965 discrimination in effect was perfectly ...

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