Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the basis of their 'protected characteristics', which are:
- gender reassignment
- sexual orientation
- religion or belief (or lack of religion or belief)
- pregnancy and maternity
- marriage or civil partnership
The Act replaced nine pieces of equality legislation such as the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995.