Equality and discrimination: understand the basics

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Guidance
Corporate author(s)
ACAS
Publisher
ACAS
Date of publication
1 July 2019
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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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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