The Equality Act (2010)

The Equality Act (2010)

The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework for service users, patients and employees to seek redress where discrimination has occurred.  The Act identified the following (‘protected’) characteristics:

Protected Characteristics

1

Age

Being of a particular age/within a range of ages

2

Disability

A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on day to day activities

3

Sex

Being a man or woman

4

Gender re-assignment
(also known as transgender)

A person transitioning from one gender to another, or a person who expresses themselves as a different gender

5

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Marriage is a union between an opposite sex or same sex couple. Civil partnerships are an alternative legal way to recognise relationships between same-sex couples.

6

Pregnancy and maternity

A woman cannot be treated unfavourably because of her pregnancy, related illness or maternity leave, including treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding

7

Race, including national identity and ethnicity

Includes colour, nationality, ethnic origins and national origins

8

Religion or belief

The full diversity of religious and belief affiliations in the United Kingdom

9

Sexual orientation

A person’s sexual preference towards people of the same sex, opposite sex or both

 

Last modified: 

20 Jan 2015