Your rights

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

The information in this section will guide you through the rights that you have to equality and what to do when you experience discrimination.

Age discrimination

It is unlawful for your age to be the cause of less favourable treatment in your workplace or in vocational training. Find out more about age discrimination and how and where it may affect you.

Religion and belief

Your religion or belief, or those of somebody else, should not interfere with your right to be treated fairly at work, at school, in shops or while accessing public services such as health care and housing. Learn more about religious discrimination in this section.

Sexual orientation

Whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight should not put you at a disadvantage. Find out more about discrimination in the workplace, including harassment, on grounds of sexual orientation in this section.

Disability discrimination

If you have a physical or mental impairment, you have specific rights that protect you against discrimination. Employers and service providers are obliged to make adjustments for you. Find out more, and what to do if you need help.

Gender equality - sex discrimination

Women and men should not be treated unfairly because of their gender, because they are married or because they are raising a family. This section explains your rights and how to use them.

Race discrimination

Wherever you were born, wherever your parents came from, whatever the colour of your skin, you have a right to be treated fairly. This section explains the rights that protect you against racial discrimination and prejudice.

Transgender discrimination

Trans people should be able to live with dignity - there are protections for some of the forms of discrimination that trans people experience. This section explains more and lets you know where to go for advice and support.

New Equality Act 2010 guidance

A new Equality Act comes into force from October 2010. We have created a series of guidance documents to help explain the Act and provide practical examples on how the law has changed. We currently have guidance for employers, workers, service providers and service users, and will be adding guidance for education providers and students in September. A web based version of the guidance will be launched mid August. Visit our Equality Act 2010 page to view this new guidance.

Human Rights?

You can find more information about your human rights in the Human rights section.


For details of the law, see Key Legislation and other resources of advisors.

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