Guernsey politician hits back at criticism of States' draft discrimination law

Deputy Michelle Le Clerc warns against concerns based on 'misinformation, misinterpretation and fear of the unknown. Credit: Kelly Redinger/Zuma Press/PA Images

The President of Guernsey's Committee for Employment and Social Security has hit back at calls to extend the consultation period for States' draft discrimination law.

The proposals are currently out for consultation until 30 September, but in an open letter, Deputy Michelle Le Clerc warned against concerns based on 'misinformation, misinterpretation and fear of the unknown.'

It is hoped that the law, which could be introduced as early as 2021, would offer more protections on the grounds of religion, carer status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation and trans status. It would also introduce stricter penalties for employers who are found to discriminate against staff.

However, the States have faced calls from some business groups to extend the consultation period.

Deputy Le Clerc warned against this, saying a Policy Letter containing finalised proposals will be put forward for debate in 2020.

Deputy Le Clerc has urged islanders and businesses to actively engage with the the consultation to express their concerns and help shape the legislation going forward.