The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone.

The Act requires equal treatment for each of the nine protected characteristics:

Click on the characteristics above to find out more about how they are supported at MTW.

People are also protected from discrimination if:

  • they are associated with someone who has a protected characteristic, eg a family member or friend
  • they have complained about discrimination or supported someone else’s claim