The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1 October 2010 and strengthens and streamlines 40 years of equalities legislation. The stated aim of the Act is to reform and harmonise discrimination law, to help Britain become a fairer society, improve public services and enhance business performance.
The Equality Act 2010 introduced nine 'protected characteristics', extending protection from discrimination from three to the nine equality areas listed below.
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion and belief
- sexual orientation