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Introduction to Business Law

Introduction to Business Law (5th edn)

Lucy Jones
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date: 22 March 2023

p. 39614. Discrimination and Health and Safetylocked

p. 39614. Discrimination and Health and Safetylocked

  • Lucy JonesLucy JonesDeputy Head, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, University of Brighton


This chapter considers the employment law aspects of discrimination and health and safety. It discusses the meaning of the protected characteristics which were brought together under the Equality Act 2010 and considers prohibited conduct under the Act. It explains the difference between direct and indirect discrimination and when direct discrimination can be justified. The chapter discusses the difference between positive action and positive discrimination and the interaction between protected characteristics and prohibited conduct. It also explains the law relating to harassment and victimization. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the law covering health and safety in the workplace, looking at both criminal law and civil law.

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