Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment
Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013
When the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 was introduced on 1 September 2014, protection against unlawful discrimination was limited to race. From 1 September 2015, protection in relation to sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy & maternity was added and from 1 September 2016 age discrimination will be introduced. It is currently expected that protection against discrimination in relation to disability will follow in the coming years.
JACS already deals with a number of requests from employees and employers in regard to matters of discrimination, bullying or harassment over a wide range of topics. A number of employers introduced non-discriminatory policies in anticipation of the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013.
A guidance note together with a detailed guide (covering Race, Sex and Age protected characteristics) have been produced which give employers and employees a greater understanding of the Law and the first and second protected characteristics, namely Race and Sex. The detailed guide contains a number of examples which will help the reader to understand the terms direct and indirect discrimination; harassment; victimisation; protected characteristic and the exceptions to the Law.
Employers are encouraged to review their policies, so as to ensure that they are compliant with the Law. To assist Employers, we have prepared an Employers' Checklist.
To help employers develop and introduce policies and procedures that support their objectives to be non-discriminatory, JACS has developed a number of guidelines and model policies.