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Equality Act - Supreme Court decision on discrimination provides timely reminder for businesses

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 Businesses that supply goods, facilities or services to the public will need to be made aware of a recent Supreme Court decision concerning their obligations under anti-discrimination legislation. The court held that hotel owners who refused a double room to a gay couple in a civil partnership, on religious grounds, had directly discriminated against them on the grounds of their sexual orientation under the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1263). The Regulations were replaced by provisions in the Equality Act 2010 from 1 October 2010, but the provisions with which the case is concerned have remained much the same.

We attach a business briefing checklist which sets out the duties a business owes to members of the public when they are provided with goods, services or facilities. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Jamie Berry at

Download our Equality Act Briefing Note.