The Single Main Piece Of Legislation

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The Single main piece of legislation that has recently come into force is the equality act 2010, it became law in October 2010 and it replaced previous legislation1;
• Equal Pay Act 1970
• Sex Discrimination Act 1975
• Race Relations Act 1976
• Disability Discrimination Act 1995
• Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 • the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 • the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
• Equality Act 2006, Part 2
• Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007

The Equality act 2010 provides a further effective legal framework for preventing discrimination. The act has brought together consistency in making the work place a fair environment. There are a lot of crucial changes and new principles that it introduces, firstly it introduces protected “characteristics” these being such things as1;

• age
• disability
• gender reassignment
• race
• religion OR belief
• sex
• sexual orientation
• marriage or civil partnership
• pregnancy or maternity

Extended changes include new principles like associative discrimination, this is where someone is discriminated against because they associate with someone with a protected characteristic. Indirect discrimination and third party harassment has been introduced where if an employer is liable for other people’s actions even if it is not them doing it. This is linked to changes in harassment law too, as an employee can complain of behaviour they find offensive even if it…
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