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Recent legislative developments such as the enactment of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and the publication of the Equality Bill in March 2005 (intended to create a single Commission for Equality and Human Rights), highlight that equality law is a vast and growing area. European law now covers gender, sexuality, religion, age, disability and race. New domestic law has increased the scope of the Race Relations Act to cover the functions of public authorities and to introduce positive duties upon them.
The recent Disability Discrimination Act brings the1995 DDA more into line with the Race Relations Act. In addition, new legislation regulates discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief and sexual orientation, and legislation on age discrimination is imminent. More and more lawyers across a wide range of practice areas need to get to grips with equality law.
This new book offers the first comprehensive survey of UK equality law. It provides a critique of the current legal framework, including its underlying concepts and the history of protection against discrimination, and looks at equality law's application to a wide range of specific areas such as employment, goods and services, housing, education, and public law. It also examines the scope of protection in domestic, European and ECHR law, and includes chapters on defences and exemptions, as well as offering practical guidance on relevant procedures and remedies.