Equal Opportunities Commission


Amendments to the Anti-discrimination Ordinances 2020-2021

The Government implemented 8 of the EOC’s recommendations from its Discrimination Law Review  by the Discrimination Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 2020 and the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Ordinance 2021.

The amendments enhance protection from discrimination and harassment under all four of the anti-discrimination Ordinances. For example the amendments introduce new protections from breastfeeding discrimination and harassment under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance in key areas of public life such as employment, the provision of goods, facilities and services, premises and clubs; as well as new protections for workplace participants from sexual, breastfeeding, disability and racial harassment in common workplace where there is no employment relationships, such as consignment workers, volunteers and interns, under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Disability Discrimination Ordinance and the Race Discrimination Ordinance.

All the provisions of the Ordinances came into effect on 19 June 2020, with the exception of the provisions on breastfeeding discrimination and harassment, which came into effect on 19 June 2021.

This section provides detailed and summary EOC Guidance of all the amendments (including in ethnic minority languages), as well as the provisions of the two amendment Ordinances.