As part of the Disability and Inclusion Strategy, the States agreed that detailed policy proposals should be developed for the introduction of disability discrimination legislation.
In June 2018, the States of Guernsey unanimously agreed that the Committee for Employment and Social Security should develop proposals for new legislation to protect people from discrimination on multiple grounds. (Amendment to The Policy & Resources Plan)
The Committee published their draft policy proposals for consultation on 9 July 2019. The consultation period is now closed, but the Committee's draft policy proposals are available to download at www.gov.gg/discriminationconsultation. A summary of the consultation findings will be published on this webpage during December 2019.
What is the purpose of the discrimination legislation?
- Discrimination legislation promotes and protects people's right to equality of status, opportunity and treatment and non-discrimination on the basis of various 'grounds of protection' specified in the legislation.
If approved by the States, what might Guernsey's legislation do?
- The legislation is likely to outlaw discrimination in employment and when accessing goods and services, education, accommodation and clubs and associations. There will be some exceptions to this general rule in certain justifiable situations.
- People who feel that they have been discriminated against will be able to obtain advice and assistance to resolve their complaint in an informal manner. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, there will be a mechanism for formal adjudication. If the complaint is upheld there will be various awards and remedies available.
Who will be protected from discrimination?
- The legislation is likely to cover discrimination on the grounds of:
- Carer status (people who provide care or support for a dependent child or a disabled person over the age of 18)
- Marital status
- Pregnancy or maternity status
- Race (which includes colour, descent, national or ethnic origin and nationality)
- Religious belief (including lack of religious belief)
- Sexual orientation
- Trans status
What's the plan?
- The Committee intends to bring its final proposals for the new legislation to the States for debate by April 2020.
- If the States approve the proposals, the legislation will then need to be drafted and returned to the States for approval and the Committee will need to undertake some work to ensure that there are appropriate structures in place to give people information and advice and register and hear complaints raised under the legislation. The Committee has not set a date for when the legislation will come into force, although it is anticipated that this will not be before 2021.