Under the Equality Act, there are nine protected characteristics:
- gender reassignment.
- marriage and civil partnership.
- pregnancy and maternity.
- religion or belief.
What are the aims of the equality duty?
The duty aims to make sure public authorities think about things like discrimination and the needs of people who are disadvantaged or suffer inequality, when they make decisions about how they provide their services and implement policies. Read this page to find out more about the public sector equality duty.
What are the benefits of equality and diversity?
What Are The Benefits Of Equality And Diversity In The Workplace?
- Create more positive working relationships.
- Greater productivity within your team.
- Increased performance.
- Appeal to a wider range of customers.
- Brand reputation.
- Attract and retain the best quality employees.
Why are the 9 protected characteristics important?
Protected characteristics are aspects of a person’s identity that makes them who they are. Everyone has at least of few of the nine protected characteristics, so as an employer, it’s important you make sure an employee isn’t treated less favourably because of theirs.
What are the aims of the Equality Act 2010?
As well as harmonising existing discrimination laws, the Act aims to advance equality and to extend protection from unfairness and discrimination on grounds of disability; age; sex; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; marriage and civil partnership; and pregnancy and maternity.
What are your legal duties under the Equality Act?
This is a legal duty on public authorities – like local authorities and NHS bodies – and organisations carrying out public functions. Its purpose is for public authorities to consider how their policies or decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act.
What was the purpose of the race equality duty?
The race equality duty was designed to shift the onus from individuals to organisations, placing for the first time an obligation on public authorities to positively promote equality, not merely to avoid discrimination.
What can you do if public sector is not meeting Equality Duty?
Where some under the Public Sector Equality Duty are not meeting their responsibilities, a claim for judicial review could be made. This could be done by a person or a group of people with an interest in the matter. Voluntary organisations have used the law to challenge public bodies which they feel are not meeting their duties.
When did the public sector equality duty come into force?
On 5 April 2011, the public sector equality duty (the equality duty) came into force. The equality duty was created under the Equality Act 2010.