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Equality Act

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The Isle of Man Equality Act 2017 seeks to provide a unified legal framework to protect individuals from discrimination in both the workplace and the provision of goods and services.

Once fully implemented, it will replace several Acts including:

  • Breastfeeding Act 2011
  • Disability Discrimination Act 2006
  • Race Relations Act 2004
  • Employment (Sex Discrimination) Act 2000

Additionally, some employment rights contained within the Employment Act 2006 have been amended.

The Act is being brought in over two phased periods, known as commencement dates. The first commencement date is 1 January 2019 and the second commencement date is 1 January 2020.

Compliance with the Equality Act 2017 is a legal obligation, but it also makes good business sense. 

Organisations that:

  • are able to provide services that meet the diverse needs of its users generally run more efficiently
  • have a culture of a supportive working environment and draw on a wider range of talent, representing a diverse community are generally more productive
  • embody a diverse workforce result in better informed decision-making and policy development

To find out more about who will be protected from discrimination, the types of discrimination under the law and what action you will be able to take if you feel you've been unfairly discriminated against.

To view the full Equality Act 2017 and explanatory notes. (these explanatory notes are subject to change).

Equality Office

Cabinet Office

Government Offices

Bucks Road



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