The Equality Act gives protection to the same groups that were protected by existing equality legislation – age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity – but extends some protections to groups not previously covered. It also strengthens particular aspects of equality law (ACAS).
Discrimination can come in one of the following forms:
Direct discrimination - treating someone with a protected characteristic less favourably than others
Indirect discrimination - putting rules or arrangements in place that apply to everyone, but that put someone with a protected characteristic at an unfair disadvantage
Harassment - unwanted behaviour linked to a protected characteristic that violates someone's dignity or creates an offensive environment for them
Victimisation - treating someone unfairly because they've complained about discrimination or harassment
To find out more about how the Equality Act 2010 impacts the University and other Higher Education Institutes please refer to the guidance document prepared by the Equality Challenge Unit .
Equality Act 2010 briefing (revised 08-12).pdf
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