Protected characteristics

Unlawful discrimination is unfair treatment received by an individual because of a characteristic they possess. 


These are called 'protected characteristics' in the Equality Act 2010 which is the main piece of anti-discrimination legislation in the UK.


The protected characteristics are:



Gender Reassignment

Marriage and Civil Partnership

Pregnancy and Maternity


Religion or belief


Sexual Orientation


The unfair treatment that is received can be of a number of types where disadvantage is caused directly, indirectly or by harassment of some sort.  The Equality Act 2010 calls these types of treatment 'prohibited conduct'.


More information on prohibited conduct

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