The Equality Act 2010
provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all; to update, simplify and strengthen the previous legislation; and to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.
One of the key priorities of the Coalition Government is to support economic recovery and remove unnecessary burdens on business. The Equality Act 2010 is a major simplification of discrimination legislation that makes the law easier to understand and comply with and delivers significant benefits for business, public bodies and individuals.
The provisions of the Equality Act are being brought into force at different times to allow time for the people and organisations affected by the new laws to prepare for them. Most of the provisions came into force on 1 October 2010. The Government is considering how the remaining provisions will be commenced so that the Act is implemented in an effective and proportionate way.
What does the Equality Act mean to the LGB&T community?
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
provide detailed, accessible information on your rights. Take a look at the resources on their website