Equal Treatment Framework Directive

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This directive was adopted by the Council of Ministers of the European Union in 2000. It requires all EU member states to extend the established principles of sex and race discrimination to four new equality strands: sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability, and age. The directive further specifies that individuals must be able to make four types of legal claim before the courts relating to direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, victimization, and harassment. The directive covers access to employment (including recruitment and selection), promotion, working conditions, pay, dismissal, and training and development. As a result of the directive, the UK along with other member states of the European Union has had to extend its equality legislation and has introduced regulations that protect against discrimination on the grounds of age, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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