Volunteers and discrimination
13 December 2012
The Supreme Court has handed down its decision in X v Mid Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau, confirming that volunteers are not engaged in an ‘occupation’ under the Framework Directive and, therefore, not protected by the equality legislation that applies to employees.
Its worth remembering, however, that equality protection is not limited to employees. In particular, the Equality Act 2010 makes discrimination in respect of the provision of services to the public (Part 3, s28-31) and the membership of associations (Part 7, s101) unlawful.
So, X v Mid Sussex CAB should not be taken as a green light to discriminate against volunteers. They may well be protected under another part of the Equality Act.blog comments powered by Disqus