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Caste is included within race discrimination
In Chandhok and another v Tirkey, the EAT has rejected an appeal to strike-out a race discrimination claim, the subject matter of which was the Claimant’s caste. Despite the Government being required to amend the Equality Act to expressly provide that caste is protected under one of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act, but to date it has not done so, the EAT nonetheless held that the definition of “race” in the Act covered ethnic origin and this is wide enough to encompass caste.
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