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Discrimination Law

The characteristics covered by the Discrimination Law are currently:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Age
  • Disability

The Law came into force on the 1st September 2014 and provided protection initially against racial discrimination.

The further protected characteristics of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity came into force on 1st September 2015, protection against age discrimination came on 1s September 2016 and protection against disability discrimination came on 1st September 2018.  The disability discrimination legislation gave two years for businesses to make reasonable adjustments to premises.

Race includes colour, nationality, ethnic origins and national origins, which includes being of Jersey origin.

The Law was amended with effect from 28th July 2021 to protect tenants from being discriminated against for having children.

The Law protects a person from direct and indirect discrimination, victimisation and/or harassment on the grounds of the protected characteristics that have been enacted.

JACS and Citizens Advice Jersey have prepared practical disability discrimination guides;

Citizens Advice Jersey is the appointed agency to advise on discrimination relating to non-employment matters.

JACS is the appointed agency to advise on discrimination in the workplace.

The Law can be viewed at Discrimination Law.

Jersey Community Relations Trust

The aim of the Trust is “To seek to eliminate discrimination on any ground including, but not limited to, grounds of colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origins, gender or sexual orientation, disability or age, by promoting good relations between all members of society, and seeking to achieve equality of treatment and opportunity within our community.”

Jersey Community Relations Trust
PO Box 50
St Helier

Website: www.jerseycommunityrelations.org
Email: info@jerseycommunityrelations.org