Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 came into force on 1st October 2010 and it brings together, harmonises and extends previous equality law. It aims to make the law more consistent, clear and easy to follow. 

The Act confirms it is unlawful to discriminate against people on the basis of protected characteristics, whether directly or indirectly.

Who does it apply to?

The Act defines an associations as an organisation that; 
Have 25 or more members, and 
Control access to membership by rules involving a selection process. 

For example, clubs which require applicants for membership to make a personal application, be sponsored by other members and/ or go through some kind of selection process will be affected by the changes.

Who is protected?

The Act protects people from discrimination on the basis of ‘protected characteristics’. 
These are; 
Disability
Gender reassignment
Pregnancy and maternity
Race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour and nationality
Religion of belief – this includes lack of belief
Sex
Sexual orientation