Mar. 26th, 2013

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In the light of what happened to Lucy Meadows, and the Julie Burchill article, and other more personal incidents, I have been studying the Equality Act 2010 (EA10). Now, I am not a lawyer, however I am an environmental manager and you don't go far or last long in that game without being able to read and comply with legislation.

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I repeat, I am not a lawyer, however I would say that the treatment of Lucy Meadows was harassment as defined in EA10, in that it was "unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic [i.e. gender reassignment]" with the purpose or effect of "violating [Lucy]'s dignity, or … creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for [Lucy].

I would also say by the same language that Julie Burchill's article was also harassment. Note that unlike Section 27, Victimisation, the above section does not contain any language limiting the offence to being against a single person, not a group.

I am going to take this argument to my MP next week. If I'm wrong, please point out where, so that I can point out the lack of protection, otherwise I'm going to ask her to address the lack of enforcement.

For some reason LJ won't let me make the post open reading, so refer anyone who isn't a friend to comment on my DW account.

Also, since I'm leaving this open and may attract trolls, I am going to delete any and all comments that are inflammatory or offensive (my judgement). Let's play nice.

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