LGBT+ History: The Equality Act

Over the years the different regulations which were introduced which granted protections to various parts of people’s lives. From Equality of pay, to sex discrimination or racial discrimination the Act was introduced to streamline all the legislation into a single point of reference.

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. The discrimination it protects from is:

● age

● being or becoming a transsexual person

● being married or in a civil partnership

● being pregnant or on maternity leave


● race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin

● religion, belief or lack of religion/belief

● sex

● sexual orientation

You’re protected from discrimination:

● at work

● in education

● as a consumer

● when using public services

● when buying or renting property

● as a member or guest of a private club or association

You are also protected under this act if you associate with, or support a person with one of the above protected characteristics. If a complaint was made about an incident which occurred before the act came into force in 2010 then the previous relevant Acts should be used to decide legality of it.





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