Wednesday, 20 August 2003

Labour group opposes Regulation 7(3)

Back in January, the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR) was worried about the religion or belief aspects of the regulations.
“We are fearful of the potential conflict already identified in the area of religion or belief and if this is not resolved by the draft it will lead to immediate, and possibly damaging, legal clashes. Simple changes to the regulations will reduce the scope for discrimination by organisations claiming the protection of the law on religion, and at the same time, at the very least, this problem calls for the preparation by government of authoritative guidance in this area.”

Yesterday, LCLGR issued a call for Regulation 7(3) of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) regulations to be removed. LCLGR says this could become another Section 28 and haunt the government.
“We also call on all those who believe in justice and equality to lobby the Prime Minister, the government and MPs to ensure that Regulation 7(3) is removed.”

Text of LCLGR press release (otherwise only available in Word format) below…

18th August 2003

LCLGR welcomes Repeal of Section 28 but calls for the Government to avoid setting up another unjust law.

Now that Labour have successfully repealed Section 28 LCLGR is calling on the Government to ensure the removal of Regulation 7(3) from the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) regulations 2003.

Simon Wright and Maria Exall Co-Chair’s of LCLGR said: “These employment regulations were brought in to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people at work. There was already an exception within the draft regulations to allow employers to discriminate if this is a “genuine occupation requirement”. This was included in the consultation draft. But now we have seen the religious Right extend the ability to discriminate against us by getting another exception - Regulation 7(3) included. This regulation will allow discrimination where the employment is for the “purposes of an organised religion”.

“We call on the government to remove this unnecessary and unjust exception and ensure that legislation intended to combat discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people does just that. We also call on all those who believe in justice and equality to lobby the Prime Minister, the government and MP’s to ensure that Regulation 7(3) is removed. Failure to do so could end up with this becoming Labour’s version of Section 28.”

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