Carers and the Equality Act 2010: protected characteristics and identity

Nicole Busby

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Evaluates the Government's rationale for not including carer status as one of the specific grounds for protection against discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, that: (1) the protected characteristics under the Act are intended to apply to a person's inherent status or identity, not to what one does; and (2) sufficient protection is afforded to carers from the addition of a right to claim associative discrimination along with the pre-existing employment rights. Analyses the nature of care and its place in a market economy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-91
Number of pages21
JournalContemporary Issues in Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • associative discrimination
  • employment
  • carers
  • protected characteristics


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