What are the 9 protected characteristics of the Equality Act?
These are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
Why are the 9 protected characteristics important?
Protected characteristics are aspects of a person’s identity that makes them who they are. Everyone has at least of few of the nine protected characteristics, so as an employer, it’s important you make sure an employee isn’t treated less favourably because of theirs.
What are the 9 grounds of discrimination?
The Equal Status Acts 2000-2018 (‘the Acts’) prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods and services, accommodation and education. They cover the nine grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, and membership of the Traveller community.
What characteristics are not protected under the Equality Act?
The Equality Act covers 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.
What are the 7 types of discrimination?
Types of Discrimination
- Age Discrimination.
- Disability Discrimination.
- Sexual Orientation.
- Status as a Parent.
- Religious Discrimination.
- National Origin.
- Sexual Harassment.
How does Equality Act protect individuals?
The Equality Act is a law which protects you from discrimination. It means that discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of certain personal characteristics, such as age, is now against the law in almost all cases. The Equality Act applies to discrimination based on: Age.
What is the direct discrimination?
Direct discrimination is when you’re treated differently and worse than someone else for certain reasons. The Equality Act says you’ve been treated less favourably. Direct discrimination can be because of: age. disability.
What does the Human Rights Act aim to do?
The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998. It lets you defend your rights in UK courts and compels public organisations – including the Government, police and local councils – to treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.
What grounds is it illegal to discriminate against a person?
Discrimination can be against the law if it is based on a person’s: age. disability, or. race, including colour, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status.
What is classified discrimination?
“Discrimination” means being treated differently or unfairly. Discrimination in employment is illegal when the treatment is based on a personal characteristic or status, such as sex or race, which is protected under anti-discrimination laws.
What is meant by Victimisation?
Victimisation is defined in the Act as: Treating someone badly because they have done a ‘protected act’ (or because you believe that a person has done or is going to do a protected act). A ‘protected act’ is: Making a claim or complaint of discrimination (under the Equality Act).
Is positive discrimination legal?
It is generally prohibited under the Equality Act 2010, unless an occupational requirement applies. Positive discrimination because of a person’s disability is allowed, and may sometimes be required if there is a duty to make reasonable adjustments.
What is a protected trait?
A protected characteristic–also referred to as a protected class–is a personal trait that cannot be used as a reason to discriminate against someone.
Is being a parent a protected characteristic?
Unfortunately, being a parent or a carer is not a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. However, parents and carers may experience other kinds of discrimination related to their caring responsibilities.