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Guernsey: Equal opportunities

Original and updating author: Rachel Guthrie, Mourant Ozannes

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  • At present, discrimination in employment is prohibited only on the grounds of sex, marital status, gender reassignment and maternity or adoption leave, although enabling legislation exists to introduce further prohibited grounds in the future. (See General)
  • Difference in treatment on the prohibited grounds is permitted in certain circumstances. (See Exemptions)
  • Employees are protected from harassment, both on the prohibited discriminatory grounds and more generally. (See Harassment and sexual harassment)
  • It is unlawful to treat an individual less favourably because they have made a complaint or allegations of discrimination, or acted as a witness in a complaint of discrimination. (See Victimisation)
  • Employers are permitted to take positive action in limited circumstances. (See Positive action)
  • Employees and job applicants who believe that they have been subjected to an act of unlawful discrimination may make a complaint to the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal. (See Remedies and penalties)