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TOMORROW’S CLEANING DECEMBER 09
Law and Order
Can discrimination
be a good thing?
If I advised all of the ladies in the industry to bullying and I like helping my clients stand up
wear a perfume called “New Car Interior” to against bullies. Having laws that protect
attract the opposite sex, would you think I was people against discrimination on the basis of
being sexist, or in more legal parlance – sex, age, religion etc is necessary but they
“directly or indirectly discriminating” against need to be used responsibly.
men or women on the grounds of their sex?
Example
Discrimination & discrimination Let’s take a break from the cleaning industry for
– the true meaning a moment and look at a recent example. I am
A lot of people do not realise that ironically sure that many of you are familiar with Strictly
discrimination has two ‘different’ meanings. Come Dancing, whether you prefer The X Factor
The first meaning is: ‘to recognise a or not. The sacking of Arlene Philips was of
distinction or difference’. The second meaning course everything to do with her age and sex.
is: ‘make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in But that does not necessarily mean that she was
the treatment of different categories of people’. discriminated against on either basis.
In his regular slot, Paul Dumbleton
Discrimination in the first sense is a good Arlene was employed to entertain. Her knowledge
of Beech Jones de Lloyd,
thing. We all discriminate (i.e judge) between of dancing was important but her presentation
the things we like and do not like. You will be of her knowledge was probably more important.
looks at the two sides of doing that in reading this article and when The TV bosses discriminated against Arlene’s
discrimination.
reading this magazine. Discrimination in the ability to entertain and that would have included
second sense is bad because it involves in part her looks and age compared to Alisha
As we are all well aware, discrimination in the
discriminating (judging) but on an unfair and Dixon. In other words, they discriminated in the
work place is a serious issue and it can lead to
harmful basis. first sense that I mention above.
serious consequences. Yes, a bit of banter
I have every sympathy for anyone that is People discriminate against lawyers by
never hurt anyone, but how do you know when
suffering from discrimination in the second deciding whether they are up to the job or not.
you have gone too far? sense. Usually it involves some form of This is discrimination in the first sense and
thus entirely fair and appropriate!
As someone observed to me recently;
“Last winter must have been cold, the lawyers
had their hands in their own pockets”
Now that is discrimination!
This article is not intended to constitute legal
advice and should not be relied upon as such.
Rather, it endeavours to provide a useful
overview of the relevant law. You should always
seek legal advice if you are unsure or need
clarification in relation to your legal obligations.
If you have a question for Paul, email
paul@beechjones.com and quote
Tomorrow’s Cleaning.
www.beechjones.com
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