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Can a Private Members Club refuse a candidate membership without giving a reason? How does this sit with the latest discimination laws?

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Can a Private Members Club refuse a candidate membership without giving a reason? How does this sit with the latest discimination laws?

Lawyer's Assistant: Are you in the UK or the States? It matters because laws vary by location.

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Application has been presented.

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No, it's just in case I am refused on basis of gender/race.

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Is there actually evidence that the refusal was on discriminatory grounds?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
No Not yet, apparently there is no obligation to explain rejection.

That is correct – they are not legally obliged to advise why the application has been rejected. So it is potentially possible for them to reject it on discriminatory grounds, especially when there is no obvious evidence to suggest they had done so. Discrimination does still occur and people and organisations can successfully discriminate against others without being caught and it all comes down to whether there is any evidence which can show, even remotely, that there was discrimination at play. But to answer your question, they can reject your application without citing a reason and it is for you to try and find evidence that it was down to discrimination.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thank you. If all the members are Smith and a Singh gets rejected, is that sufficient to imply discrimination?

To imply, yes, but to prove, no. It does however place the ball into their court to try and show that there were other, non-discriminatory reasons for their decision. Hope this clarifies?

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Thank you again. Quite clear. Query answered, thank you.

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