The Equality Act was passed in April 2010 and the first provisions became effective from 1 October 2010. The Act consolidates and streamlines previous anti-discrimination legislation which includes the Disability Discrimination Acts.
The nine protected characteristics
The following protected characteristics (previously known as equality strands) covered by the Equality Act 2010:
- Gender reassignment.
- Marriage and civil partnership.
- Pregnancy and maternity.
- Religion and belief.
- Sexual orientation.