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Smith & Wood's Employment Law

Smith & Wood's Employment Law (16th edn)

Ian Smith and Owen Warnock
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date: 23 June 2024

p. 2494. Discrimination in employmentlocked

p. 2494. Discrimination in employmentlocked

  • Ian Smith,
  • Owen Warnock
  •  and Gemma Mitchell


This chapter discusses anti-discrimination law in the UK in the employment sphere. After providing a brief history of the development of UK discrimination law, it introduces the Equality Act 2010, explaining the forms of discrimination it covers and how it works. Key concepts of equality law are then discussed, including direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimization. The chapter examines each protected characteristic in turn, highlighting the issues specific to each, including equal pay, sex-discriminatory dress codes, the additional protections against discrimination afforded to disabled people, compulsory retirement ages, and the apparent clash between protections against sexual orientation discrimination and religious discrimination.

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