The Government Rules on Adding Caste as a Protected Status

Most of us are aware of the phrase ‘discrimination’ and even the two types. Direct, treating someone less preferably because of certain attributes of who they are; and indirect where practice, criterion or policies and procedures have the effect of disadvantaging those with certain protected characteristics.

DLP are often asked what constitutes a protected characteristic. Currently nine areas are listed as protected: age, sex, disability, race, gender (including reassignment) religion (belief of or lack of) sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy.

But what about the protected characteristic of Caste?

Following a review that began last March (2017) and invited the public to weigh in, the government have decided not to add Caste as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act.

Rather than create a separate protected category (which was strongly debated within the affected community) the government will rely on existing and ongoing legal rulings in the courts and tribunals.

This is a new ruling so if you have any employment law issues, disciplinary, terminations or welfare meetings contact your DLP advisor to ensure your compliance and protect your business interests.

Should you have any questions feel free to reach out to our help line. DLP advisors are available to answer any questions you may have at 0330 400 4495.

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