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Make socio-economic status a protected characteristic in the Equality Act

Submitted by Abigail Fitch on Monday 18th July 2022

Published on Monday 10th October 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Monday 10th April 2023

Signatures: 27

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Courts ~ Equal ~ Equality Act ~ People ~ Universities

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Make socio-economic status a protected characteristic in the Equality Act

Petition Details

Protection from discrimination on the basis of socio-economic status should be added to the Equality Act. Social status is currently not protected under the Equality Act.

Additional Information

Some businesses operate in a way that discriminates on the basis of socio-economic status, such as only employing people who attended universities that are disproportionately attended by people from higher socio-economic backgrounds. By making socio-economic status a protected characteristic, these practices can be challenged through the courts.


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