Equality Act exceptions
During the Equality Bill’s passage through Parliament, we worked closely with a range of organisations as well as our supporters in Parliament to have amendments made to the Equality Bill which sought to increase protection against discrimination for humanists and others, and to minimise the exceptions from the law granted to religious organisations.
What’s happening now?
The Equality Act 2010 was made into law in April 2010. It represents a single charter for equality, which will be better understood by citizens than previous fragmented law and around which a new culture of equality can cohere with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) as its watchdog.
Unfortunately, the Equality Act contains a number of exceptions to allow religious organisations and individuals to discriminate against others in employment, in the provision of services and in other ways that we consider are unjust and unnecessary.
What are we doing?
We have been working on the statutory and non-statutory guidance that accompanies the Equality Act. This guidance will be published in stages throughout 2010 and 2011, and aims to give guidance on the law itself, and be used as a guide for people to understand their rights in various circumstances, such as in employment or education.
We are currently working on our own guidance on the Equality Act, which we will publish on these pages soon.