25 November 2008
Long way to go to achieve employment equality, judge says
Despite the anti-discrimination laws present in the UK, there is still a long way to go before equality will be achieved, according to one industry practitioner.
Speaking at the recent Employment Lawyers Association annual conference, Baroness Hale of Richmond said that, without quicker progress, the gender pay gap will not close until 2085, the Times reports.
She added that people from ethnic minority backgrounds were a fifth less likely to find employment than their white counterparts and it would take them nearly 100 years before they have the same job prospects as white people.
Baroness Hale went on to suggest that the proposed new Equality Bill does not show much sign of addressing the problems and could, in fact, have a detrimental effect by making it harder for people to mount successful claims.
Meanwhile, a survey of 370 jobseekers aged over 50 conducted by the Age and Employment Network recently found that 63 per cent of older workers believed that they had been turned down for a job because they were seen as too old.