The Equality Bill 2008-2009

David Reid
14th May 2009

Last month, the Equality Bill 2008-2009 was published on 27 April 2009. The Bill is intended to bring together and harmonise the present anti-discrimination statutes in a single Act, as well as strengthening some of the existing laws.

Employment equality act


The draft Bill contains 205 clauses and 28 schedules. You can read it by clicking here.


Some of the important proposals contained within the Bill include:

  • Indirect discrimination
  • Justification
  • Pay Secrecy
  • Disability Discrimination


The Bill re-defines the concept of disability-related discrimination to side-step the effect of the House of Lords decision in Lewisham v Malcolm [2008] UK HL 43 regarding the identification of the correct comparator.


For more information about discrimination laws click here.

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