Aims of the Public Consultation
We believe that the Equality Act needs to be strengthened in order to ensure that we live in a fair and equal society for all. Passed in 2010, the current Equality Act protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership (workplace only), pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
At present, the act does not incorporate factors such as homelessness, low socio-economic status and/or poverty, caste, or immigration status, all of which can give rise to unequal treatment in the workplace or in public places where goods and services are provided. Additionally, procedures for the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 make it difficult for people with characteristics already protected to use the Act to rectify cases of unlawful discrimination. Unfortunately, it is failing real people and real lives.
Follow the link below to share your thoughts as to how the Equality Act can be improved. Responses will be collated and presented in the report form which will be launched in Parliament in Autumn 2020.