What is the Equality Act 2010?

What is the Equality Act 2010 and what does it mean for disability discrimination?

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The Equality Act 2010 is a law which protects people from discrimination at work and in wider society. This protects people with protected characteristics from being treated unfairly. Having a disability is a protected characteristic.

You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment, that is substantial and is long term.

There are different types of discrimination including:

  • Direct
  • Indirect
  • Disability arising from disability
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation

Our Easy Read Guide to The Equality Act 2010 and Disability Discrimination will help you navigate the legal terms of discrimination and provides information on legal action and timings.

View our Easy Read Guide to the Equality Act 2010.

Is it Discrimination?

Sometimes disability discrimination is obvious but sometimes it’s hidden behind micro-aggressions and ‘oversights’. Sometimes you might not want to make a fuss or feel unsure about whether it really was discrimination.

Click on each story to find out more about the Disability Discrimination case.