Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act legally protects people from discrimination at work and in society in general.
The Act covers 9 protected characteristics. By clicking on the characteristics listed below you can find out further information:
Every person has one or more of these protected characteristics, so the Act protects everyone against unfair treatment.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Equality Act applies to all public sector organisations, including Melton Borough Council, who are legally required to adhere to the Public Sector Equality Duty. The Duty outlines practical ways in which the authority or organisation can meet its legal obligations under the Equality Act.
The Equality Duty requires public bodies to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not and,
- foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.
In line with the Public Sector Equality Duty, we publish information about our decision making processes, along with the equality data used in making these decisions.
We have a responsibility to publish equality objectives every 4 years. The four broad objectives 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
- instil 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.