genuine occupation requirement

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A new legal sanction in the UK that allows discrimination on the ground of race, ethnic and national origins, sexual orientation and religion or belief due to the nature of the employment or the context in which it is carried out. The requirement must be genuine—so, for example, the proprietor of a Chinese restaurant can choose to employ only Chinese waiters by claiming it adds to the credibility and commercial viability of the establishment. The GOR replaces the genuine occupational qualification (although not for sex discrimination) but critics argue that the GOR is more open to interpretation because it also allows employers to discriminate if they are not satisfied that the person meets the requirement.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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