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Confusion remains as Equality Act comes into force

Almost half of Personnel Today readers are still unsure about the implications of the Equality Act 2010, according to findings from Personnel Today's online quiz on the legislation, elements of which came into force today.

The quiz posed five key questions about issues covered by the Act, with multiple choice answers for each one. Only half (50.5%) of respondents answered all of the questions correctly.

The question that posed the hardest challenge for participants related to whether discrimination can occur when someone is perceived to be something that they are not. It asked whether or not the following statement is true: "If someone is discriminated against because others think they have a protected characteristic, for example, age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, but they do not, they will not be able to make a discrimination claim".

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October 7, 2010

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