The legislation that governs equality of opportunity in recruitment (and employment) is the Equality Act 2010. This Act replaced all the previous anti-discrimination laws, and reconciled most of the differences between them, with effect from 1 October 2010. The Equality Act lists a number of “protected characteristics”, ie grounds on which it is unlawful to discriminate. These are:
marriage and civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief
Employers should take care at each stage of the recruitment process to avoid any form of discrimination.
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