The Equality Act is to be amended to provide specifically for caste to be an aspect of race, although the promised consultation on this is now overdue.  In Chandhok v Tirkey the EAT was asked to decide whether the existing scope of the statutory definition of race covers caste discrimination.  The EAT found that "ethnic origins" has a wide and flexible scope, covering questions of descent, and that the treatment complained of by an Indian domestic worker could in principle come within the scope of less favourable treatment because of the claimant's ethnic origins and, as such, could amount to race discrimination.  The tribunal would need to decide on the evidence whether the reason for the treatment included the respondents' view of the claimant's status or origins.