The government has put forward a consultation document proposing to replace and simplify existing discrimination legislation by bringing it together into one Single Equality Act. The Act will continue to cover discrimination in employment, the provision of goods and services and the positive duty of public authorities to promote equality.
The consultation document has raised a number of questions. Should employers be obliged to carry out reasonable adjustments in areas of discrimination other than disability discrimination? Should alternative dispute resolution play more of an active role in disputes? Should the requirement for a comparator in direct discrimination cases be maintained?