- UAE: New Anti-Discrimination Law Enacted
- September 9, 2015
- Law Firm: DLA Piper (Canada) LLP - Vancouver Office
- Late July saw the enactment of significant new anti-discrimination law in the UAE, which aims to stamp out discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin.
Although, at first glance, this is criminal legislation which does not relate specifically to employers (rather it relates predominantly to steps being taken to prevent incitement of racial hatred and misuse of social media), there may be potential implications for employers in due course.
It appears the new law has not yet been released (even in Arabic) and so, at this point, the full implications for employers are somewhat unclear. This development will be covered in more detail in a future edition of Be Global, once the new law is published.