The way in which associations treat their members, guests and associates is regulated by the Equality Act 2010.
An organisation will be considered to be an ‘association’ under the Act if:
- it has 25 or more members; and
- it has rules regulating who can be a member and there is a process of selection in order to become a member.
Associations can therefore include things such as sports clubs, private members clubs, and organisations established to promote the interests of their members.
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits associations from discriminating against people, which can take various forms. For example, associations must not discriminate when selecting or rejecting new members. They are also required to make reasonable adjustments to allow people to join.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against by a club, society, association or similar group, we are able to help you. Hattons can help you to take action in bringing a discrimination claim under the Equality Act against those responsible. This may involve an award of compensation or the challenging of a decision which has been made on a discriminatory basis.