What is the Equality Act?

The Equality Act 2010 replaced the following legislation:

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
  • Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003
  • Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006

The Equality Act was designed to replace many separate pieces of anti – discrimination laws into a single Act. In doing so the legal framework became easier to understand and in some cases actually made the anti – discrimination legislation stronger. The Acts primary function is to provide a framework to legally protect individuals and groups of individuals from any discrimination in society or the workplace.

 9 “protected characteristics”

The Act contains 9 “protected characteristics”, these are characteristics that are protected by Law from any form of discrimination:

  • Disability
  • Age
  • Gender reassignment
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)

The law also covers discrimination by association, where a family member falls into under the protected characteristics. Ie discriminated against because your daughter was disabled.

Access for public buildings

The Equality Act requires that buildings for public access have facilities and access that do not discriminate against users with impaired mobility or wheelchair users. Building owners should make “reasonable adjustments” to the building to facilitate access. Reasonable adjustments would consist of items such as:

  • Ramps
  • Lifts
  • Widening of doorways
  • Signage and lighting

Here at Invalifts we can help with finding the right solution to your access needs. Please contact us on 0845 468 2543 or visit www.invalifts.com