Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replacement of previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act intends to make the law easier to understand and to strengthen protection in some situations. It legally protects those with the following ‘protected characteristics’ from discrimination: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation. It requires equal treatment in access to employment as well as private and public services, regardless of these protected characteristics.