Employment Equality Regulations

The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 are secondary legislation in the United Kingdom, which prohibit employers unreasonably discriminating against employees on grounds of sexual orientation, religion or belief and age.

The regulations are brought into force under the terms of the European Communities Act 1972 as they are intended to implement within the United Kingdom the provisions of the EU Equal Treatment Directive covering discrimination on the grounds mentioned in the Amsterdam Treaty (disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age - with race and sex discrimination dealt with in other Directives - See EU Anti-Discrimination Directive).

The regulations, as implemented in Great Britain and Northern Ireland cover the following areas:
*Direct
*Indirect
*victimisation
*harassment

They include employment, vocational training, professional organisations and trade unions. Cases are heard by an Employment Tribunal or at a County Court or Sheriff Court.

Similar regulations were earlier introduced to allow for employment protection for people who had undergone or were proposing to undergo gender reassignment which amended the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 - and are known as the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.

ee also

*Employment discrimination law in the UK

References

* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1999/19991102.htm Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999]
* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/SI/si2003/20031661.htm Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003]
* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2003/20031660.htm Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003]
* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20061031.htm Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006]
* [http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32000L0078&model=guichett Text of EU Directive 2000/78/EC]
* [http://www.eiro.eurofound.ie/2001/02/feature/eu0102295f.html Information about the Directive]

ee also

*Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006

External links

* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2006/20060439.htm "The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006"]
* [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts2006/20060003.htm The Equality Act (2006)]
* [http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk/lgbt/orientation.htm "Sexual Orientation"] , Women and Equality Unit, UK Government


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