The devastating blow of positive action - Home News, UK - The Independent "From Wednesday it will be legal to recruit or promote a candidate of equal merit to another candidate if the employer reasonably thinks that person is under-represented in the workforce or they suffer a disadvantage. The new Act, according to the Government, protects those in certain groups, relating to age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion and pregnancy. The Act does not allow an employer to appoint a less suitable candidate just because they have a protected characteristic that is under-represented or disadvantaged that is positive discrimination. This often involves setting quotas to recruit a minority, because they have relevant characteristics." Is it time that we re-examine our thinking on this, when a good many people from all denominations are out of work should any have a legal advantage simply given to them, or should it be up to the employer to decide who fits into their organisation better?