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15 Equal Opportunities
12. The Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Act 1998 covers many different types of discrimination – including some that are not covered by other discrimination laws. However, this law can be used only when one of the other ‘articles’ (the specific principles) of the act applies, such as the right to ‘respect for private and family life’.
Also, rights under the Act can be used only against a public authority (for example, the police, a local council or Jobcentre Plus), and not a private company. However, court decisions on discrimination will generally have to take into account what the Human Rights Act says. For more on this, see the CLS Direct leaflet, ‘The Human Rights Act’.
Leaflet Version: December 2019