New discrimination powersOn 1 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employers accused of disability discrimination face a fresh barrage ofenforcement powers with the launch of the Disability Rights Commission thismonth. As well as bringing tribunal cases under the Disability Discrimination Act,the DRC will have the power to launch formal investigations and negotiatelegally enforceable written agreements with employers. Chairman Bert Massie stressed that he does not want the body to be seen as alitigious organisation. “That way, we would get minimal compliance. If wecan persuade people of the business, moral and humane case then they will do itwillingly,” he said. A major part of the body’s resources will go into information and adviceservices including a web site featuring the most common problems faced byemployers and disabled people, and offering possible solutions. Massie, formerly director of the Royal Association for Disability andRehabilitation, said he wants the commission to be helpful and be seen to behelpful. Commented Massie, “I hope employers will feel comfortable about comingto us. If they don’t then I want to know about that.” This month also sees Gurbux Singh appointed new chairman of the Commissionfor Racial Equality. He replaces Sir Herman Ouseley, who left his post threeyears into his second five-year term amid reports he was frustrated at the lackof government action on discrimination. A former chief executive of Haringey Borough Council in London, Singh alsosaid the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill, which will impose a legal duty onpublic-sector employers to promote race equality, provides the basis forsignificant progress in the commission’s work. “Future progress is about sustained leadership, partnership andaccountability, as much as it is about the law,” he said.