The Equality Act (2010) consolidated and streamlined previous anti-discrimination legislation. The Act reformed and harmonised discrimination law and strengthened it to support progress on equality.
The ‘protected characteristics’, grounds upon which discrimination is unlawful, are:
- Pregnancy or maternity status
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage or civil partnership status
- Religion or belief (which includes lack of belief)
- Sexual orientation
Discrimination on any of the above means we are breaking the law. It would also damage the University’s reputation as a good place to work and is against our values. We want to provide a workplace which respects diversity and is open to everyone.