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 Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
Legal protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation applies to everyone, whatever their sexual orientation.
Sexual orientation discrimination includes being treated less favourably because:
The law applies to direct and indirect discrimination as well as to harassment and victimisation. The law applies to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.