New guidance for Catholics: Applying Equality Law in practice


A new guidance document intended to demystify the complex area of Equality Law for Catholics and Catholic organisations in England and Wales was today published by the Christian Responsibility and Citizenship Department of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

It will help Catholics gain a deeper understanding of this area of law and remove any misconceptions caused by its perceived complexity. It is important to note that the guide is not intended as a replacement for specialist legal advice. The guide
makes clear that if any issue arises that might lead to liability under equality law, it is strongly recommended that readers consult a solicitor or legal advisor.

Archbishop Peter Smith, chairman of the Christian Responsibility and Citizenship Department said: "The aim of this guide is to offer some clear practical guidance on a complex area of law. It is not a substitute for taking professional legal advice but it aims to raise awareness on what the law allows and to enable potential problems to be anticipated and averted. There is both scope and sometimes a need for Catholics to make use of the new law's provisions which can protect religious freedom."

The full document can be downloaded here: www.catholic-ew.org.uk/Home/News/Equality-Law

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