Daily Mail

Badenoch rejects law to cover menopause

- By Martin Beckford Policy Editor

EQUALITIES Minister Kemi Badenoch has dismissed attempts to widen anti-discrimina­tion law to cover women going through the menopause.

She hit out yesterday at those who wanted legally protected status for everything including ‘carers, single people, having ginger hair [or] being short’.

Mrs Badenoch made the comments as she rejected calls from MPs on the women and equalities committee to add the menopause to the list of protected characteri­stics under the Equality Act, which makes it illegal to discrimina­te on the basis of age, sex, race, religion or disability.

‘The menopause is not a new issue,’ she said, adding that it can be dealt with under existing equality laws.

‘We could spend all of our lives doing consultati­ons on new things to add to the Equality Act. I have here accent, obesity, Armed Forces membership.’

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