The Commission for Equality and Human Rights, Britain's new equality watchdog, may face legal action over claims from its own staff that it has breached disability and sex discrimination laws.

The new watchdog is set to replace the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality in October 2007. The body has foreseen that a number of compulsory redundancies and staff relocations are expected as a result of the transfer.

Unions have stated that the new body shall employ a high proportion of women and people with disabilities and that these groups have particular difficulties with relocation.

Steve Farley, an official with the Public and Commercial Services Union, has stated that almost 600 staff across Britain would be affected by the changes and that many were considering legal action.