Heterosexual bed & breakfast in Scotland

The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland has issued the following press release concerning complaints about the Cromasaig Bed and Breakfast website:

Commission concludes ‘heterosexual friendly’ bed and breakfast case

Published: 15 Jun 2017

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Scotland has reached a successful conclusion in its case against the owners of a bed and breakfast. The EHRC had received several complaints about the Cromasaig Bed and Breakfast website, which previously stated it is a ‘heterosexual friendly bed and breakfast’.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission on religion & belief

Today, 2 December, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published its updated Guidance on religion and belief in the workplace. It also published Religion or belief – is the law working?, which explores whether Great Britain’s equality and human rights legal framework gives sufficient protection to individuals with a religion or belief and religion or belief organisations, while balancing the rights of others under the Equality Act 2010. The evaluation focuses on four questions:

  • Is the legal approach to defining a religion or a belief effective?
  • Are the Equality Act exceptions allowing religion or belief requirements to influence employment decisions sufficient and appropriate?
  • Does the law sufficiently protect employees wishing to manifest a religion or belief at work?
  • Does the law sufficiently protect service users and service providers in relation to religion or belief?

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Caste discrimination UK: base-line data

Every week during the summer recess, Lords Hansard publishes written answers online to questions submitted by members of the Lords, and included in the Written Answers and Statements for 4 August is the following:

“Castes: Discrimination

Question: Asked by Lord Avebury

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 6 May (WA 331–2) and the comments by Helen Grant, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities on 9 July (HC Deb, vol.584 col. 140 WH), how they intend to establish baseline data that can be used to determine whether caste legislation is stopping unlawful discrimination given their acceptance of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s statement that research for that purpose would not be possible; and what are the terms of reference of the feasibility study announced by Mrs Grant.[HL1061] Continue reading