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Equal pay regime could be extended to race and disability

Currently the equal pay regime only applies on grounds of sex. Under the party’s plans, a new Race Equality Act would enshrine in law the full right to equal pay for black, Asian and ethnic minority workers and disabled people.

It said the changes would be phased in to give employers time to adjust. The plans would also be subject to a consultation before being introduced.

The Equality Act 2010 enables individuals to make a claim that they have been discriminated against because of race or disability, but for complaints about pay or other contractual terms, women have stronger protections against unequal pay than other groups.

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