What is the Human Rights Act 1998?

The Human Rights Act 1998 created no new statutory or common law rights, but imposes a duty on tribunals and courts to interpret all existing legislation in such a way as is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights, insofar as it is practicable to do so. Courts and tribunals must also take account of any judgment, decision, declaration or opinion of the European Commission and the European Court of Human Rights that may be relevant. Public sector workers can sue their employer for damages arising out of an alleged breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.