A comprehensive guide for sports bodies on tackling discrimination

Published 24 January 2019 By: Zoe Dudgeon, Elinor Boote

Diversity group with sports

In the light of recent media attention in the sports sector regarding a range of alleged discriminatory events, this article examines:

  1. Why sporting bodies should maintain an equal opportunities policy and encourage a discriminatory free environment:

    1. legal consequences in the UK;

    2. media coverage;

    3. increasing diversity and recruiting the best talent.

  2. What rights sports persons have under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA)1 and implications for sporting bodies:

    1. protection for workers;

    2. liability for discrimination;

    3. possible exemptions and defences to discrimination;

    4. who is liable?

    5. remedies available.

  3. Best practice guidance for sporting bodies in relation to avoiding, and managing, discrimination issues, namely proactive approaches to:

    1. recruitment and access

    2. policies and procedures

    3. tackle issues and complaints early


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Zoe Dudgeon

Zoe Dudgeon

Associate, Charles Russell Speechlys

Zoe advises on all aspects of employment law, acting for both employers and employees on contentious and non-contentious matters. She has contentious experience in the Employment Tribunal, County Court and High Court. Cases include unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages, harassment, disability discrimination and breach of contract. She has also advised in cases involving the non-payment of bonuses and commission.

Zoe’s non-contentious experience involves advising on a wide range of employment law issues including contracts of employment and company handbooks, corporate due diligence and TUPE protection.

Elinor Boote

Elinor Boote

Trainee, Charles Russell Speechlys

Elinor is a trainee at Charles Russell Speechlys and is currently in working in the Employment, Pensions and Immigration team.