Protected Characteristics

Equality Act 2010


It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of what are collectively referred to as ‘protected characteristics’. Under the Equality Act 2010 you are protected against discrimination demonstrated as a result of the following:

  • age
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
  • disability
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • being or becoming a transsexual person

Areas of discrimination

Discrimination is not just something that happens in the workplace. In addition you are also protected

  • in education
  • as a consumer
  • when using public services
  • when buying or renting property
  • as a member or guest of a private club or association

And if:

  • you’re associated with someone who has a protected characteristic, eg a family member or friend
  • you’ve complained about discrimination or supported someone else’s claim

Equality, diversity and inclusion imageIt is the responsibility of employers to ensure that their employees are free from discrimination in the workplace. So what steps can you take?

Ingrained negative workplace cultures can be difficult to change however interactive engaging training programs based on experiential learning techniques is particularly effective at changing behaviours, values and beliefs.

Take a look at our APPROACH  to discover why our methods are so powerful