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Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workforce and wider society.

It makes it illegally to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of the following (protected characteristics):

  • Age

  • Disability

  • Gender Reassignment

  • Race

  • Religion or Belief

  • Sex

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Marriage or Civil Partnership

  • Pregnancy and Maternity

The act prevents individuals from discrimination in the following ways:

  • Direct Discrimination: Treating someone with a protected characteristic less favourable than others.

  • Indirect Discrimination: Putting rules or arrangements in place that apply to everyone, but that puts someone with a protected characteristic at an unfair disadvantage

  • Harassment: Unwanted behaviour linked to a protected characteristic that violates someone's dignity or creates an offensive environment for them

  • Victimisation: Treating someone unfairly because they have complained about discrimination and harassment.

Link to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equality-act-2010-guidance for more info.

Updated: 16 Nov 2017
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