Equality Act 2010, “Discrimination and Your Rights”

What are the best ways to be protected against discrimination?

Discrimination is when you are treated unfairly because you are different. You are protected from discrimination through the Equality Act 2010.


small businesses and organizations that provide goods and services, such as banks, shops, and utility companies.

  • Hospitals and care homes are health and care providers.
  • Someone you rent or purchase a property from, such as housing associations or estate agents
  • Schools, colleges, and other educational providers
  • Transport services such as buses, trains, and taxis
  • Public bodies such as local authorities and government departments.

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The Equality Act protects nine characteristics. The Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on any one or more of these characteristics. The Act protects everyone against discrimination because we all share some of these characteristics, such as sex and age.

This is illegal discrimination if you are treated unfairly by someone who believes you belong to a protected group.

What are the protected characteristics of this property?

The following characteristics are protected under the Equality Act 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage or civil partnership (in the employment only)
  • Maternity and pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Discrimination through association

You are protected by the Act if you or someone in your family has a protected characteristics of computer that you feel is unfairly treated. This is known as discrimination by association. This could be, for example, discrimination based on the fact that your son is gay.

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If you complain about discrimination

If you are treated unfairly because of your complaints about Age discrimination, or if you stand up for discrimination rights for someone else, the Equality Act will protect you.

Additional information and assistance

Our discrimination section provides information about your rights under Equality Act.

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