17 June 2021

CPS - History of the Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 was passed by the Labour government with the primary purpose of consolidating, updating and supplementing, the numerous prior Acts and Regulations that formed the basis of anti-discrimination law in the UK.

It primarily consisted of nine main pieces of legislation, including those protecting discrimination in employment on grounds of religion or belief, sexual orientation, and age.

The Act protects against discrimination based on a person's nationality and citizenship and extends individuals' rights in areas of life beyond the workplace in religion or belief, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. It also protects people in their place of employment against discrimination, harassment or victimisation, and identifies users of private and public services protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual  orientation.

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