The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. The Act brought together previous anti-discrimination laws into a single Act in order to strengthen protection of some groups and make the law easier to understand.
- Find out who is protected by the law (GOV.UK)
- Find out information on types of discrimination and what the act prohibits (GOV.UK)
- Find out information for businesses on making reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities
Our additional responsibilities
The public sector has additional duties to other organisations and employers under the Equality Act 2010. The Public Sector Equality Duty (Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010) came into force in May 2011, and means that public bodies have to consider all individuals when carrying out day-to-day work. This includes when shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees. Public bodies have to display ‘due regard’ to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination,
- advance equality of opportunity,
- foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.
To see how Cambridge City Council does this, read our equality and diversity policies and plans.
Who else the Equality Act applies to
The following groups have responsibilities under the Act:
- Service providers
- Anyone selling goods or providing facilities
Where you can find information on your responsibilities:
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – The EHRC is an independent statutory body that is responsible for encouraging equality and diversity, promoting human rights of all, and eliminating discrimination in Great Britain.
They review the effectiveness of the law and take legal enforcement action to clarify the law and address significant breaches of rights. The EHRC also has a number of useful publications explaining equality law for individuals, employers and other organisations. Visit the EHRC website for more information.
Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) – This is a helpline service to advise and support individuals and organisations on issues relating to equality and human rights. Visit the EASS website for information on contact details and opening times.
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) – Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. Visit the Acas website for information on contact details and opening times.