There are groups in society which are discriminated against or treated less favourably because of their background, status or circumstance and it is important that, no one is substantially disadvantaged.
Discrimination can take place for the following protected equality groups:
- Men and women;
- Black and minority ethnic groups (which includes colour, ethnic origin, race and nationality);
- Disabled people;
- People of faith and non faith;
- Lesbian, bisexual and gay people;
- Transgender people (in relation to gender reassignment);
- Women who are pregnant or on maternity leave; and
- Marriage and civil partnerships.
Discrimination on this basis is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010. It can take a variety of different forms, please click on the link below: