The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.
It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.
Certain groups are more vulnerable to discrimination that other people. The following characteristics are protected against discrimination by law in the UK under the Equality Act 2010:
- Age – Discrimination based on either someone’s age or because they are part of a particular age group
- Sex – Discrimination based on a person’s gender, applies to all ages but excludes transsexuals as this is considered gender reassignment discrimination
- Sexual orientation – Discrimination against a person based on their sexual orientation or the sexual orientation of someone they know, this can include a parent child or friend
- Gender reassignment – Discrimination due to somebody being transsexual
- Race – Discrimination based on the colour of someone’s skin, their nationality or ethnic or national origin
- Gypsy and traveller – This is another form of race discrimination specifically targeting the gypsy and traveller communities
- Religion or belief – Discrimination based on being part of an organised religion
- Marriage and partnership – Discrimination based on a marriage or civil partnership
- Disability – Discrimination based on physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on someone’s ability to carry out normal day- to- day activities
No.8 Waterloo Street Apartments works in accordance with this act for more information and aims to treat all employees equally without discrimination or judgement