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Professional Issues in Information Technology - Second edition by Frank Bott

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10 ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION

After studying this chapter, you will:

  • understand in general terms what anti-discrimination laws are trying to do;
  • understand why employers need codes of practice that their staff are expected to follow in order to avoid breaching the legislation;
  • know how legislation affects the design of information systems.

10.1 THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION

Three hundred years ago, the laws of the UK contained many specific statutes embodying discrimination on grounds of sex, religion and wealth. In order to vote, you had to be male and own property. In order to be admitted to either of the two universities, you had to be male and a member of the Church of England. If you were a woman, when you married ...

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