Your responsibility for others

It is not just how you personally behave that matters when you are running an organisation providing goods, facilities or services to the public or carrying out public functions.

If another person who is:

  • employed by you, or
  • carrying out your instructions (who the law calls your agent) 

does something that is unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation, you can be held legally responsible for what they have done.

This part of the guide explains:

  • When you can be held legally responsible for someone else’s unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation.
  • How you can reduce the risk that you will be held legally responsible.
  • How you can make sure workers employed by you and your agents how equality law applies to what they are doing.
  • When workers employed by you or your or agents may be personally liable.
  • What happens if a person instructs someone else to do something that is against equality law.
  • What happens if a person helps someone else to do something that is against equality law.
  • What happens if you try to stop equality law applying to a situation.

 

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Last Updated: 12 Dec 2014