The Equality Act 2010 – Changes

The Equality Act 2010 replaces nine major pieces of discrimination legislation and other ancillary measures that have been introduced over the last forty years to protect people from unfairness and discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. These are now called ‘protected characteristics’.

The Act extends some protections to characteristics that were not previously covered and also strengthens some aspects of equality law. The core provisions of the Act come into force on 1 October 2010.

The Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service (ACAS) has produced a table showing ‘what’s new and what’s changed: at a glance’, which can be found here.