The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, helping to make the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations.
It sets out the unlawful factors to consider and the correct way to treat any person.
Provisions within the act which relate to disability include:
Extending protection against indirect discrimination to disability.
Introducing the concept of “discrimination arising from disability” to replace protection under previous legislation lost because of a legal judgment.
Applying the detriment model to victimisation protection (aligning with the approach in employment law).
Harmonising the thresholds for the duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people
Extending protection against harassment of employees by third parties to all protected characteristics.
Making it more difficult for disabled people to be unfairly screened out when applying for jobs, by restricting the circumstances in which employers can ask job applicants questions about disability or health.