Equal Opportunities

Treating your workforce fairly and preventing discrimination not only makes good business sense but it also ensures you are acting within the law.

The new Equality Act became law in October 2010. It replaces all previous equality legislation (including the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995). The Act strengthens previous legislation and gives individuals greater protection from unfair discrimination. It is unlawful to discriminate against people at work because of:

  • Age 
  • Disability 
  • Gender reassignment 
  • Marriage and civil partnership 
  • Pregnancy and maternity 
  • Race 
  • Religion or belief 
  • Sex 
  • Sexual orientation.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission and ACAS are great sources of help to employers.  Both organisations provide guidance to help you understand:

  • Your rights as an employer, under the Equality Act and how to prevent discrimination
  • What the changes mean for you
  • How to review and monitor your existing policies

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