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23-09-2015

There has been a debate in recent years over the extent to which caste is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.

The caste system is generally (but not exclusively) associated with south Asia, particularly India. it can encompass Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Muslim or other religious groups. Castes are social groups where rights are fixed and inherited at birth.

We reported previously on a case (here), when the employer tried unsuccessfully to have a claim struck out on the basis that the employment tribunal had no jurisdiction to consider it.

The tribunal has now found for the claimant, ruling that she was a victim of unlawful harrassment and indirect religious discrimination, in what has been described as a 'landmark decision'.

This is intended for general information only and should not be considered as giving advice in relation to any individual case nor be taken as applying to any particular case. No liability is accepted for any such use of the information contained.

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