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DISCRIMINATION: Is it time to legislate on caste?

10 February 2012  

Katharine McPherson and Katherine Shaw weigh up whether the government needs to amend the Equality Act to make clear that it prohibits caste discrimination

The case of Begraj v Heer Manak Solicitors, listed to be heard by the employment tribunal in March, raises the important issue of whether discrimination based on caste is prohibited under the Equality Act 2010 and adds fuel to the broader discussion on whether caste should be included within the Act’s definition of ‘race’. This article examines key issues raised in the caste-based discrimination debate, explores the possible implications of Begraj and considers whether caste can fall within either race or religion for the purposes of finding discrimination under the Act.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    G (by his litigation friend) v The Head Teacher & Governors of St Gregory’s Catholic Science College [2011] EWHC 1452

    Grainger plc & ors v Nicholson [2010] IRLR 4

    Mandla v Dowell Lee [1983] IRLR 209

    R (on the application of E) v Governing Body of JFS and the Admissions Appeal Panel of JFS and ors [2009] UKSC 15

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