Equal Opportunities

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:

  • age

  • disability

  • gender reassignment

  • marriage and civil partnership

  • pregnancy and maternity

  • race

  • religion or belief

  • sex

  • sexual orientation.

Employers should take care at each stage of the recruitment process to avoid any form of discrimination.

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