Discrimination in the workplace does not only lead to inequality, it may also cause substantial harm to individuals, undermining confidence and making the workplace a stressful place to be. Applying for information under the new Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) is a way of finding out if you are being treated equally and fairly.
In 2010, the Act replaced the previous anti-discrimination acts. There were historically a number of different statutes dealing with different types of discrimination, such as the Race Relations Act, the Disability Discrimination Act and the Sex Discrimination Act. The Act provides guarantees that individuals will not be treated differently as a result of having one of a number of defined characteristics which are protected. For example, the Act ensures that individuals must receive the same salary as someone else doing work that is ‘like’, ‘equivalent’, or ‘of equal value’. Continue reading