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Equality North East

Equality Act will pressure authorities to listen

Passed in the final days of the last government, the Equality Act 2010 (EA) is largely a consolidating measure.

It updates private law remedies that challenge discrimination in the workplace, in the education system, or when someone buys, receives, or is denied a service on an inferior basis, on the grounds that they enjoy certain protections.

The EA also broadens and strengthens the ‘positive equality duties’ previously found in section 71 of the Race Relations Act 1976 (RRA), section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), and section 76A(1) of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (SDA).

This means that ‘due regard’ to eliminating unlawful discrimination, advancing equality and fostering good relations must now be promoted by public bodies and private ones that discharge public functions, based on age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

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May 6, 2011

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