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Is discrimination ever lawful?

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In certain situations, discrimination may be considered to be lawful.

In the workplace, for example, if an employer has in place a provision, criterion, practice or policy that appears to be discriminatory, they may be able to objectively justify it if they can prove that the requirement meets a legitimate business aim and that it is a proportionate means of meeting that aim.

For example, if may not be unlawful to only employ women for a job as a counsellor in a women’s refuge as the employers would be able to argue that their clients are all women who have experienced domestic violence by men, and therefore they would probably only want to talk to another woman about it.

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