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14. Discrimination and Health and Safety  

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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Cover Card & James' Business Law

27. Discrimination law  

This chapter examines the key provisions of discrimination law. It highlights the passage of Equality Act 2010 to harmonize most of the various grounds for discrimination under a single piece of legislation, and notes that much pre-2010 anti-discrimination legislation has been repealed. The chapter discusses the various protected characteristics (for example, age, sex, disability etc) and looks at the various forms of prohibited conduct in relation to each characteristic (for example, direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment, victimization). The chapter then looks at how the law aims to ensure equal contractual terms between men and women. Finally, the chapter concludes by looking at legislative provisions that seek to protect part-time workers and fixed-term employees.