AEA Updates

AEA mounts legal challenge to EHRC

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Update, 20 March 2021

As a result of AEA’s complaint, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) finally corrected its unlawful guidance – or, in most cases, simply removed from its website – but areas of deep concern remained.

AEA therefore persisted with pre-action protocols for Judicial Review (JR) of EHRC. In order to pursue a JR, permission to proceed must be granted by a judge. All the courts have backlogs, including the Administration Court which deals with public law matters, so we are still in waiting mode.

More details of AEA’s case can be seen on our Crowd Justice page.

Update, 22 March 2020

AEA recently discovered systemic misguidance in Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) guidance. Incorrect guidance by EHRC is targeted at all sectors but with a predominance of guidance for the corporate sector.

Following formal complaint by AEA, we are now in dialogue with EHRC. Please check back for further updates. For a brief summary of incorrect guidance see ‘Articles’ page.

Incorrect guidance from EHRC was undoubtedly instrumental in the ‘widespread confusion’ noted by the Women & Equalities Select Committee.

Update, 23 March 2020

EHRC has acknowledged that its guidance is incorrect and has expressed an intention to rectify. However, the EHRC is vague on exactly when that will be done. AEA continues to press for speedy rectification and also, when corrections are made, for a public statement by EHRC to inform organisations of those rectifications.