Many people risk being denied access to jobs and services due to unlawful discriminating advertisements. In the last year the Equality and Human Rights Commission received over 100 complaints that advertisements were discriminatory, the grounds included age (an agency stated that over 45s need not apply), disability (a hotel said it would not offer accommodation to disabled people) and also sex and ethnicity discrimination.
The Commission has therefore published a number of items of guidance for advertisers and publishers which explains the law under the Equality Act 2010 and supplies examples of what is and is not lawful advertising under the Act. It also provides a checklist for good practice in advertising. Importantly the guidance reminds us all that liability under the Act can arise not just for the organisation placing a discriminatory advertisement but also for those who produce or display the advertisement whether in print or online form.
Please check the guidance if you are in any doubt!
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