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Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was launched in October 2007. It works in Scotland, England and Wales to promote equality and prevent discrimination.

What is the EHRC?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (formerly the Commission for Equality and Human Rights) is a new, independent group that is working to bring an end to discrimination, so that everyone in Scotland, England and Wales can have the same choices.

The new Commission brings together the work of the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Disability Rights Commission, to help people who have been discriminated against:

  • because of their gender
  • because of their race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins
  • because they are disabled.

The EHRC also works to protect and promote the rights of people who may be discriminated against due to:

  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • religion or belief.

What will the EHRC do?

The EHRC has powers to ensure that anti discrimination laws such as the Equality Act is enforced.

In addition, the EHRC works with the Scottish Government, councils, schools, hospitals and other public services, advising on diversity policies and encouraging good practice.

Can I get help from the EHRC?

If you feel you have been discriminated against on any of these grounds, you will be able to get advice, help and support from the EHRC. In some situations, the EHRC may help you take your case to court, if the issue is likely to test or improve the law in some way.

You can find out more about how to contact the EHRC and what they can do to help at the EHRC website.

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