I know that the Isle of Man is a wonderfully loving and welcoming place for many people of different backgrounds and different characteristics.

The great Frederick Douglass recognised that the cure to oppression of every form is to treat people with equal dignity, equal worth – “Right is of no sex, Truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren,” he said.

Michael Josem believes it should be against the law to discriminate in the following types and areas.

Fields of discrimination

It should be against the law to unfairly discriminate against others in public life, including:

  • accommodation;
  • education;
  • employment;
  • land sales and transfers;
  • goods and services; and
  • government.

Types of discrimination

It should be against Manx law for someone to discriminate against you because of a characteristic that you have, or that someone thinks that you have. These personal characteristics include:

  • age;
  • carer and parental status;
  • disability (including physical, sensory and intellectual disability, work related injury, medical conditions, and mental, psychological and learning disabilities);
  • employment activity;
  • gender identity, lawful sexual activity and sexual orientation;
  • industrial activity;
  • marital status;
  • physical features;
  • political belief or activity;
  • pregnancy and breastfeeding;
  • race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and ethnic origin);
  • religious belief or activity;
  • sex;
  • pardoned homosexual conviction;
  • personal association with someone who has, or is assumed to have, one of these personal characteristics.

It should also be against the law to sexually harass or victimise someone, or to vilify someone because of their race or religion.

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.

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