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News - 3 October 2003
Unions challenge rules on sexual equality
From 1 December, discrimination against employees on the grounds of sexual orientation will be outlawed. But seven UK unions, including Amicus and Unison, claim two points of the new law must be changed to ensure lesbian and gay workers do not face prejudice.
The legislation says discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is not illegal if it is done to prevent or restrict access to a benefit by reference to marital status. Unions have argued this amounts to indirect discrimination because gay people are not legally allowed to marry their partners.
As around a quarter of company pension schemes are not open to unmarried couples, the unions expressed concern that large numbers of homosexual employees will continue to miss out.
For full article visit the British Chambers of Commerce web site at: http://www.chamberonline.co.uk/cmn/ml.jsp?id=000005789808
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