Equality and discrimination: understand the basics
- Document type
- Corporate author(s)
- Date of publication
- 1 July 2019
- People management: all aspects of managing people
- Business and management
- Material type
This guide outlines the basics of what employers of all sizes, employees and their representatives must and should do to make their workplaces a fair environment and comply with equality legislation which:
- Extends to nine areas known in law as protected characteristics: Age; Disability; Gender reassignment; Marriage and civil partnership; Pregnancy and maternity; Race; Religion or belief; Sex; and Sexual orientation.
- Sets out the different types of discrimination - for example, direct, indirect, harassment and victimisation.
- Makes certain exemptions and exceptions where in some limited circumstances treating employees and job applicants less favourably can be lawful.
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