About us

Find out more about us and our work.

About us

We are Britain’s independent equality and human rights regulator. We are a United Nations accredited ‘A status’ National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).

Our role is to make the country a fairer place by enforcing and upholding the laws that safeguard everyone’s right to fairness, dignity and respect.

We enforce the Equality Act 2010, which makes it unlawful to discriminate against or harass individuals based on the nine protected characteristics.

Our work is shaped by a commitment to excellence in evidence and expertise.

We are the first port of call for policy makers, public sector bodies and businesses who require authoritative guidance on equality and human rights law.


Our history

We were created as a result of the Equality Act 2006.

We opened our doors in 2007, joining up the work of three previous equality organisations:

  • the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE)
  • the Disability Rights Commission (DRC)
  • the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) 

How we can help


Search our guidance on equality and human rights

Contact us about a legal issue

Help for individuals and legal professionals

Advice and support

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

The EASS is an independent advice service, not operated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Phone: 0808 800 0082

Or email using the contact form on the EASS website.
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Call the EASS on:

0808 800 0082