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Taking EU Equality Law to the next level: in search of coherence

Taking EU Equality Law to the next level: in search of coherence
Taking EU Equality Law to the next level: in search of coherence
EU employment equality law is the product of fifty years of law-making. This gradual evolution has led to fragmentation and differences in the protection afforded to protected grounds, often referred to as a ‘hierarchy of discrimination grounds’. This paper argues that human dignity is one of the underlying values of EU equality law, and therefore, the existence of a ‘hierarchy’ is not deliberate, but rather the accidental product of progressive waves of legislative evolution. It is thus submitted that EU equality law should keep evolving to achieve a coherent approach to address discrimination. This requires a legal framework that is logical, consistent and aligned with international human rights instruments. On this basis, the paper discusses two proposals to improve the coherence of EU employment equality law, namely, explicitly prohibiting gender identity discrimination and embracing reasonable accommodation for religious practices through a broad interpretation of the concept of indirect discrimination.
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Benedi Lahuerta, Sara
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Benedi Lahuerta, Sara
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Benedi Lahuerta, Sara (2016) Taking EU Equality Law to the next level: in search of coherence. European Labour Law Journal, 11 (3), 348-367. (doi:10.1177/201395251600700303).

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EU employment equality law is the product of fifty years of law-making. This gradual evolution has led to fragmentation and differences in the protection afforded to protected grounds, often referred to as a ‘hierarchy of discrimination grounds’. This paper argues that human dignity is one of the underlying values of EU equality law, and therefore, the existence of a ‘hierarchy’ is not deliberate, but rather the accidental product of progressive waves of legislative evolution. It is thus submitted that EU equality law should keep evolving to achieve a coherent approach to address discrimination. This requires a legal framework that is logical, consistent and aligned with international human rights instruments. On this basis, the paper discusses two proposals to improve the coherence of EU employment equality law, namely, explicitly prohibiting gender identity discrimination and embracing reasonable accommodation for religious practices through a broad interpretation of the concept of indirect discrimination.

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Submitted date: March 2016
Accepted/In Press date: 16 July 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 September 2016
Organisations: Southampton Law School

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Local EPrints ID: 393548
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/393548
PURE UUID: 46dbb49f-72f5-4fec-b714-71bb19199918
ORCID for Sara Benedi Lahuerta: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2769-372X

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2016 14:18
Last modified: 16 Aug 2019 00:30

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