Expert view: Equality and discrimination under Covid-19

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Viruses may spread indiscriminately, but the dangers posed by Covid-19 are much greater for older people, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women. As a result, an employer’s response to the pandemic creates a huge potential for illegal discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, pregnancy and maternity.

Decisions around furlough, returning to work, health and safety and even redundancy have made the regular “employment law minefield” seem like a walk in the park.

Featuring a link to a guidance document, this article briefly outlines the implications for employers, in the light of the Equality Act 2010.