Guernsey could soon have new wide-ranging anti-discrimination legislation.
The Employment & Social Security Committee is considering asking the States to approve extending the development of disability discrimination legislation into a project to develop equality legislation covering multiple grounds of protection.
It could include outlawing discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity or reassignment, race, religion, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation and family status (i.e. care responsibilities).
The Committee is now asking for islanders’ views before pushing forward.
As part of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy, the Committee has been working with the National University of Ireland Galway to identify a model to base Guernsey’s disability discrimination legislation on. It was recently decided that the new law would be based on Australian and Irish laws. The Irish laws being considered cover multiple grounds of protection.
Deputy Michelle Le Clerc, President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security said: “We believe that it would be both fairer and more efficient in the long run to produce one piece of legislation covering several grounds of protection at once than undertake a series of projects to introduce new grounds individually, which would extend over a number of years.”
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