Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
It is unlawful for an employer to dismiss an employee, or select a worker for redundancy, on the grounds of race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
It’s also unlawful to discriminate against disabled people unless this can be justified under the law, for example if the disability means you can no longer do the main part of your job even if reasonable adjustments are made and there are no other jobs you can do for that employer.