Resource: Introduction to the Equality Act (2010) and the Protected Characteristics

Our new free guide is for anyone who wants to learn more about the Equality Act, and is the first in a series of resources in our new collection – Beyond Protected Characteristics: The Equality Act (2010): In Practice.

This resource is aimed at organisations who want a basic overview of the Equality Act, what it means and how it relates to the third sector. It cannot be used as legal guidance.

It covers:

  • The types of discrimination covered
  • What is meant by the Protected Characteristics
  • Exceptions, including implications for volunteers and the Charities’ Exception
  • What is meant by Positive Action
  • How the Act links to human rights


Use the links below to download the full resource.


You can view the rest of our Beyond Protected Characteristics series here.

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