Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 is the law which bans unfair treatment and helps achieve equal opportunities in the workplace and in wider society.
The three main aims of the Equality Act 2010 duty are:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other prohibited conduct under the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected charateristic and people who do not share it.
The Act covers nine protected characteristics which cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly. Every person has one or more of the protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment. The protected characteristics are:
The Act applies to all public sector organisations, including Melton Borough Council, they are legally required to adhere to the Public Sector Equality Duty, which outlines practical ways in which the authority or organisation can meet its legal obligations under the Equality Act.
The Council has general and specific equality duties under the Act. The general duties require us to have due regard in all we do for the need to eliminate discrimination and other forms of 'prohibited conduct'; advance equality; and promote good relations between groups who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
We have set 4 broad equality objectives, these are:
- ensure services are accessible, responsive and appropriate for all our community
- ensure that we engage, consult and communicate in appropriate and accessible ways and empower under-represented groups and individuals to participate in society and at work
- instill confidence within the community to report, tackle and prevent discrimination, bullying, harassment and hate incidents experienced by people in relation to their protected characteristics
- be recognised as an employer of choice for people from all communities ensuring fairness and equality of opportunity for all