The equality act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.

It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

 

Discrimination: making a complaint

Before the Act came into force there were several pieces of legislation to cover discrimination, including:

  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995

If you wish to complain about possible unlawful treatment there are 2 separate processes, depending on when it happened.

 

Complaints: before October 2010

If you were subjected to unlawful treatment (eg discrimination, harassment or victimisation) before 1 October 2010, the Equality Act won’t apply. Instead, you’ll be covered by the legislation that was in force at the time.

For example, if you experienced race discrimination on 30 September 2010 and want to make a complaint or bring legal proceedings, the Race Relations Act 1976 will apply, not the Equality Act.

This is also true of any legal proceedings. They will go ahead according to the legislation under which they were brought, even if they may have continued after 1 October 2010.

 

Complaints: after October 2010

If you were subject to unlawful treatment on or after 1 October 2010, the Equality Act applies.

For example, if you experienced sex discrimination on 30 September 2010, which continued until 2 October 2010, the Equality Act will apply, not the Sex Discrimination Act.

October 2010

Equality Act provisions which came into force on 1 October 2010:

  • the basic framework of protection against direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in services and public functions, premi, work, education, associations and transport
  • changing the definition of gender reassignment, by removing the requirement for medical supervision
  • providing protection for people discriminated against because they are perceived to have, or are associated with someone who has, a protected characteristic
  • clearer protection for breastfeeding mothers
  • applying a uniform definition of indirect discrimination to all protected characteristics
  • harmonising provisions allowing voluntary positive action

Provisions relating to disability

  • extending protection against indirect discrimination to disability
  • introducing the concept of “discrimination arising from disability” to replace protection under previous legislation lost as a result of a legal judgment
  • applying the detriment model to victimisation protection (aligning with the approach in employment law)
  • harmonising the thresholds for the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people
  • extending protection against harassment of employees by third parties to all protected characteristics
  • making it more difficult for disabled people to be unfairly screened out when applying for jobs, by restricting the circumstances in which employers can ask job applicants questions about disability or health

Provisions relating to work

  • allowing claims for direct gender pay discrimination where there is no actual comparator
  • making pay secrecy clauses unenforceable
  • extending protection in private clubs to sex, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, and gender reassignment
  • introducing new powers for employment tribunals to make recommendations which benefit the wider workforce.
  • April 2011

    Equality Act provisions which came into force in April 2011:

  • positive action - recruitment and promotion
  • public sector Equality Duty (see section below)

Ministers are considering how to implement the remaining provisions in the best way for business and for others with rights and responsibilities under the act. Their decisions will be announced in due course.

Equality Act Provisions that the government has decided not to take forward:

  • public sector duty regarding socio-economic inequalities
  • gender pay gap information
  • combined discrimination - dual characteristics

for more information please click on the link below that takes you to the GOV website.

https://www.gov.uk/equality-act-2010-guidance

What laws are there to protect from cyber bullying?

Bullying is not specifically against the law, but harassment or threatening behaviour is. If someone is bullying or is threatening you, something can be done to stop them and you should report it.

 

Protection from Harassment Act 1997

 

1)A person must not pursue a course of conduct—
(a)which amounts to harassment of another, and
(b)which he knows or ought to know amounts to harassment of the other.
(2)For the purposes of this section, the person whose course of conduct is in question ought to know that it amounts to harassment of another if a reasonable person in possession of the same information would think the course of conduct amounted to harassment of the other.
(3)Subsection (1) does not apply to a course of conduct if the person who pursued it shows—
(a)that it was pursued for the purpose of preventing or detecting crime,
(b)that it was pursued under any enactment or rule of law or to comply with any condition or requirement imposed by any person under any enactment, or
(c)that in the particular circumstances the pursuit of the course of conduct was reasonable.

 

 

Education act 2002

http://www.lge.gov.uk/lge/aio/50828

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Our goal is to mentor, educate and inspire all children and young adults with the necessary life-long skills and courage to take action against becoming the victim of bullying in their schools, sporting clubs, workplaces and the broader community.

 

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