equality strand

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Refers to one of the grounds on which employees may encounter discrimination at work and which are the subject of equality law and equality policy within employing organizations. The main equality strands are sex/gender, race/ethnicity, disability, age, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. There is growing recognition that individuals may suffer multi-discrimination; that is, prejudicial action across two or more equality strands. As a consequence, there is a drive in public policy and in HR management to better integrate action to counter discrimination across different equality strands. This is one of the motivations behind the replacement of separate equality commissions for race, sex, and disability discrimination with an integrated Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2007.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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