The Equality Act 2010 brings together previous legislation such as the Race Relations Act and the Disability Discrimination Act and provides a more consistent approach to ensure all workers are treated fairly, consistently and considerately.

Equalities Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful to discriminate against people at work because of:

  • Age  
  • Disability
  • Civil Partnership and Marriage
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Membership or Non-membership of a Trade Union

Guides to Discrimination in the Workplace

Acas also provide a guide entitled "If you're treated unfairly at work" available here.

If you have experienced discrimination, you can get advice from Citizens Advice.

Workers with disabilities or health conditions

Employers should make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help disabled employees and job-applicants with:

  • application forms (eg providing forms in Braille, audio formats)
  • aptitude tests (eg giving extra time to complete the tests)
  • dismissal or redundancy
  • discipline and grievances
  • interview arrangements (eg wheelchair access, communicator support)
  • making sure the workplace has the right facilities and equipment for disabled workers or someone offered a job
  • promotion, transfer and training opportunities
  • terms of employment, including pay
  • work-related benefits like access to recreation or refreshment facilities

Full details are available at GOV.UK.


For a complete overview of Discrimination in all walks of life go to My Advice Gateway page Discrimination.

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