Single Equality Act introduced

Implementation date: 1 October 2010

The Equality Act 2010 consolidates existing equality law into a single piece of legislation and introduces a number of reforms. It defines direct discrimination as less favourable treatment because of a protected characteristic. This widens the scope for associative discrimination and discrimination based on a perceived protected characteristic. The Act prohibits employers from asking questions about health before offering a candidate a post. It widens the scope of harassment, by extending third-party harassment to all the "relevant protected characteristics". Read the legislation on the UK legislation website:

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