Following on from the impending implementation of the Equality Act 2010, the government has laid regulations before parliament which confirm that voyeurism and exhibitionism are not disabilities under the Act.

The Act prohibits employers from discriminating on disability grounds, with 'disability' being a physical or mental impairment which lasts for more than 12 months and has a substantial impact on the individual's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The Act also requires employers to make reasonable adjustments to help those with disabilities.

The proposed regulations clarify the position that neither voyeurism nor exhibitionism amount to a mental disability and as such do not attract legal protection under the Act. Interestingly, individuals with heavy tattoos and body piercings are similarly excluded from this protection.