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Key Points

  • The Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination and treating individuals less favourably due to a protected characteristic.  This covers application wording and job descriptions.
  • The Employer itself may be held vicariously liable for discriminatory breaches.
  • Even agents (such as recruitment consultants) can be held liable, although often the employer will again be held vicariously liable if such agents are acting within the employer’s authority.

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