Britain Plunges Headlong Into Totalitarianism With Equality Act

There will be no more telling jokes on the job in Britain. Humor is a luxury reserved for free countries, not places like Airstrip One under the totalitarian Equality Act:

The legislation, championed by Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman, introduces a bewildering range of rights which allow staff to sue for almost any perceived offence they receive in the workplace.

It creates the controversial legal concept of ‘third party harassment’, under which workers will be able to sue over jokes and banter they find offensive — even if the comments are aimed at someone else and they weren’t there at the time the comments were made.

They can sue if they feel the comments ‘violate their dignity’ or create an ‘intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment’.

A one-off incident is enough to sue — there is no need for the ‘victim’ to have warned the perpetrator that their comments are unwelcome.

They could even have a case against their employer if a customer or contractor says something they find offensive.

Basically this means that jokes, office banter, and expressing opinions are now forbidden at British workplaces. What a grim, pointlessly repressive world liberals are imposing.

Typically of liberal policies, the economic side effects will be disastrous:

[B]usiness leaders warned that the equality laws could derail Britain’s economic recovery, with fears that employers will face a tidal wave of trivial discrimination claims.

Other lunatic aspects of the legislation include forbidding employers to inquire about the health of potential hires, and allowing employees to claim “discrimination by association” if they are so much as related to a member of a privileged special interest group like a homosexual. Businesses will be subject to “employment tribunals” with terrifying powers to order expensive changes in the workplace to advance progressive social engineering objectives. Managers can be forced to undergo brainwashing sessions to ensure ideological conformity. Employers are now required to waste resources publishing “gender pay audits.” Public sector employers must promote “equality” proactively, i.e., meet quotas for privileged groups like Muslims, non-Caucasians, etc.

At a certain point, a country either rebels forcefully or admits that it has died.

On a tip from Oiao. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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