Book Chapter

Wrongs, Group Disadvantage and the Legitimacy of Indirect Discrimination Law

Tarun Khaitan, Sandy Steel

Foundations of Indirect Discrimination Law | Hart Publishing | Published : 2018


Is indirect discrimination liability more like an affirmative action programme or like the tort of negligence? Is it a redistributive measure or a corrective one? Is it best characterized as ‘public law’ or law ‘private law’? Does it seek to protect groups or individuals? In this paper, we will argue that liability for indirect discrimination occupies a middle ground between these supposedly settled legal categories, combining features of both items in each dichotomy. It is this seemingly unstable and somewhat unfamiliar middle position that partially explains the persisting doubts expressed regarding the legitimacy of indirect discrimination liability.

University of Melbourne Researchers