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The Equality Act 2010 (‘EqA’) affords protection against prohibited conduct to all workers contracted personally to undertake work.

Monday 3rd of July 2017 08:00

The Equality Act 2010 (‘EqA’) affords protection against prohibited conduct to all workers contracted personally to undertake work.  This includes:

  • employees working under a contract of employment;
  • workers and agency workers (those contracted to personally provide work or services;
  • the self-employed people who have agreed to personally carry out work.

There are 9 protected characteristics set out in the EqA are: 

  • Age;
  • Disability;
  • Gender reassignment;
  • Marital status;
  • Pregnancy, maternity or paternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief;
  • Sex; and
  • Sexual orientation.

If one of your members (or its employees) treat someone differently because of a protected characteristic this could amount to unlawful discrimination.

Irrespective as to the whether or not the discrimination is intentional, if someone is treated less favourably and this results in them being worse off because of the treatment this could lead to a claim of discrimination. 

There are a number of types of discrimination – known as prohibited conduct – under the EqA.  These are:


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