Protected Characteristics: Caste

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons on 23rd September 2020.

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Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

I would like to make it clear that caste is not a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010. Case law has shown that a claim of caste discrimination may already qualify for protection under the race provisions in the Act. We therefore intend to repeal the uncommenced duty in the Act to make caste an explicit aspect of race discrimination as soon as practicable.