It does not outlaw the many instances of different treatment that are justifiable or beneficial.
Before the Act came into force there were several pieces of legislation to cover discrimination, including: If you wish to complain about possible unlawful treatment there are 2 separate processes, depending on when it happened.
It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.
Find out more about who is protected from discrimination, the types of discrimination under the law and what action you can take if you feel you’ve been unfairly discriminated against.
Instead, you’ll be covered by the legislation that was in force at the time.
For example, if you experienced race discrimination on 30 September 2010 and want to make a complaint or bring legal proceedings, the Race Relations Act 1976 will apply, not the Equality Act. They will go ahead according to the legislation under which they were brought, even if they may have continued after 1 October 2010.
Equality Act provisions which came into force on 1 October 2010: Ministers are considering how to implement the remaining provisions in the best way for business and for others with rights and responsibilities under the act. Equality Act Provisions that the government has decided not to take forward: The Equality Act 2010 includes provisions that ban age discrimination against adults in the provision of services and public functions.The ban came into force on 1 October 2012 and it is now unlawful to discriminate on the basis of age unless: The ban on age discrimination is designed to ensure that the new law prohibits only harmful treatment that results in genuinely unfair discrimination because of age.