Disabled People

The “Disabled people” section of the government’s GOV.UK web site includes information about disability rights under the Equality Act 2010, and, within the “Work and disabled people” section, information about reasonable adjustments and avoiding discrimination in recruiting.

Equal Treatment Bench Book

The Judicial College’s Equal Treatment Bench Book provides guidance for judges and judicial office holders on equal treatment in respect of such matters as race, belief systems, children, disability, women, and sexual orientation. This page on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary web site provides access to the full text of the February 2018 Bench Book, March 2020 revision.

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission was established on 1 October 2007 under the Equality Act 2006. It replaced the Equal Opportunities Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and Disability Rights Commission, taking over their existing responsibilities for racial, disability and sex discrimination and also taking on new responsibilities for aspects of equality relating to sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, and human rights. There is “Advice and Guidance” relating to current legislation and codes of practice. Other sections include “Our Legal Action” with information about the Commission’s legal and enforcement powers and its inquiries and investigations.

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

The Equality Commission took over on 1 October 1999 the functions previously carried out by the Commission for Racial Equality for Northern Ireland, the Equal Opportunities Commission for Northern Ireland, the Fair Employment Commission and the Northern Ireland Disability Council. The site has sections aimed at individuals and at employers and service providers. The “Delivering Equality” section includes information about the commission’s work, and about various subject areas, and a searchable database of cases the commission has supported. There are also legislation, publications and news sections accessible via the links at the foot of each page.

European Commission: Combatting Discrimination

This page on the European Commission’s web site, within its Justice and Fundamental Rights section, has legal and other information on the EU’s anti-discrimination activities on behalf of EU citizens. It covers discrimination on the grounds of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, or sexual orientation.

Government Equalities Office

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is a unit which works across government in the UK to improve social equality and reduce discrimination. This section of the GOV.UK web site has information on its responsibilities and activities, policy papers, guidance, consultation documents, statistics and other publications.

Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal, Northern Ireland

Industrial Tribunals in Northern Ireland hear and determine claims relating to a range of employment matters, including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation and equal pay. The Fair Employment Tribunal hears and determines complaints of discrimination on the grounds of religious belief and/or political opinion. The site contains main decisions, in a searchable database, from 2007 onwards. Information booklets may be downloaded from the Publications & Statistics section. In the Useful Information section there are links to relevant legislation on the Legislation.gov.uk web site.

Institute of Race Relations

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) was originally established in 1958 as an independent educational charity to carry out research, publish and collect resources on race relations throughout the world. It was reorganised into an anti-racist “thinktank” in 1972. The IRR web site provides background information relating to race relations, discrimination, asylum and immigration in Britain, Europe and internationally.

Migration Policy Group

The Migration Policy Group (MPG) is an independent organisation, established in 1995 and based in Brussels, which is committed to policy development on integration, migration and anti-discrimination. Its web site provides information on MPG’s programmes of work in those areas. Publications include issues of various equality and anti-discrimination law reviews published by the European Commission, including the current bi-annual European Equality Law Review.

Press for Change

Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational organisation which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all transgender people in the United Kingdom. Its “The Law” section features relevant UK legislation and case law from tribunals and courts in the UK concerning gender reassignment.