Alistair Darling ordered to explain equality laws

14-03-2007

Alistair Darling ordered to explain equality laws
A judge has ruled that Alistair Darling must explain how the government will amend the improperly implemented equality laws, personneltoday.com reports.

The decision follows a High Court Ruling wherein it was decided that the European Equal Treatment Directive was not implemented correctly within UK regulations designed to prevent female discrimination.

Mr Justice Burton ruled that as a consequence of the new regulations, the definition of harassment was too narrow and women's rights during maternity leave were unclear.

Jenny Watson, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), commented: "This decision is a welcome result for the thousands of vulnerable women who suffer pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment every year.

"It should also come as good news for employers, who now have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities and won't find themselves tied up in expensive and time-consuming cases seeking clarification of regulations that are incompatible with European legislation."

The trade and industry secretary has been given until midday on March 16th to provide the government's solution to the problem.

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