Here’s another reason never – ever – to vote Conservative or Liberal Democrat, courtesy of the ever-informative David Hencke:
Are you black or gay and feel your firm discriminates against you? Are you disabled and find a company stops your right of access? Are you woman and you don’t get equal pay with a man?
Naturally you might expect the government’s independent champion the Equality and Human Rights Commission, to be on your side and prosecute firms who repeatedly failed you.
But a pernicious piece of legislation now going the House of Lords plans to put all this at risk by putting a nasty spanner in the works to hobble the very body that is supposed to stand up for your rights.
The Deregulation Bill– promoted as liberating business from silly bureaucratic rules – includes what sounds like a rather arcane provision saying that all regulators for the first time must consider the impact on economic growth before they launch criminal or civil proceedings ( see clauses 83/84) against a company.
In other words if the ECHR doesn’t do this- big companies with loads of cash can take them to judicial review and get cases where they break the law on discrimination annulled. It would also make the ECHR – not the most radical of bodies – even more careful before it takes up your case.
To read the rest – and you need to read the rest – visit the article on David Hencke’s blog site.
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