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Great Britain

The Equality Act 2010 replaced the previous equality strands with a number of protected characteristics. These characteristics are fundamental aspects of a persons life or background, and the Equality Act makes it unlawful for someone to be discriminated against because of one of these characteristics.

 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland continues to operate separate pieces of legislation for each protected characteristic. Click on the relevant links to view the legislation and alternative resources.