Race equality body defends draft codes

The Commission for Racial Equality has denied
that its draft codes of practice on public authorities’ duty to
promote racial equality will lead to a flood of discrimination
claims from employees.

Emma Burrows, head of the employment group at
social law firm Trowers and Hamlins said the obligations would be
“like honey to a bee” for some public sector staff.

But CRE director of policy Sara Marshall said
it was “pretty offensive to see new laws and codes designed to
promote racial equality described as being a lever of bringing
litigation, regardless of merit”.

The CRE’s codes give guidance on the general
and specific duties tied to the amended Race Relations Act 2000,
which became law last year.

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