Marriage and civil partnership discrimination

Qian Mou Editor's message: The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination in the workplace because of an employee's marriage or civil partner status.

As this legal protection historically developed to ensure that women could not be required to leave work on marrying, it applies to employees only if they are married or in a civil partnership. This means that single people, those who are living together but are not married or in a civil partnership, and those who are divorced or whose civil partnership has been dissolved, are not protected.

This protection means that, for example, you should not exclude employees from job opportunities or training based on assumptions that, because they are married or in a civil partnership, they would be less willing to travel or to work longer hours than a single person.

Qian Mou, employment law editor

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