Equality act

The Equality Act 2010 is intended to protect everyone in our society from being discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

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Equality act law

What is the Equality Act 2010?

The Equality Act 2010 merged more than 100 previous pieces of anti-discrimination legislation into a single Act.

These included the Equal Pay Act 1970, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007.

By replacing this multitude of discrimination laws with a single Act, the law is now simpler, clearer, and offers stronger protection than ever before. As such, it’s a comprehensive and far-reaching piece of legislation that protects everyone in the UK from unfair treatment and discrimination based on these nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership (As related to your employment)
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
    Discrimination of any kind that happens to you because you possess one or more of these Protected Characteristics is unlawful.

If you’ve been discriminated against in any way – from being paid less because of your sex to being denied a return to work after having a baby

Where does the Equality Act 2010 protect me?

The Equality Act 2010 is intended to protect you against discrimination based on protected characteristics in every aspect of your life. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • When you’re in the workplace
  • When dealing with service organizations such as banks, shops, and utility companies
  • When dealing with health and care providers including hospitals
  • When renting or buying a property through a housing association or estate agent
  • When using transport services such as buses, trains, and taxis
  • When attending educational establishments including schools and colleges
  • When dealing with public bodies including local authorities and government departments


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