The Equality Act 2010 (the Act) came into force on 1 October 2010.
The Act is intended to simplify, harmonise and strengthen past discrimination legislation.
The Act introduces the terminology of "protected characteristics" to which it applies in a consistent way the traditional elements of direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment.
The protected characteristics are: - age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.
Further information about the Act (including a range of "good practice" guides) can be obtained from the below links:
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Government Equalities Office
Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service
You may also contact Cheryl Farmer, Patient Inclusion and Experience Lead
on 0151 430 1042 or email: Cheryl.Farmer@sthk.nhs.uk