Equality and anti-discrimination law

The Equality Act protects people against discrimination, victimisation, and harassment.

It is unlawful to treat someone unfavourably due to their protected characteristics - age, disability, gender reassignment (including gender identity), marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

However, there are exceptions, including for charities and women only organisations.

How we help

We help charities, public bodies, membership bodies, employers and other organisations to comply with their obligations under the Equality Act. We review and draft equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policies and procedures. We advise on inclusion of minorities, particularly where there are competing interests, including advice on lawful positive action.

Our Employment and Dispute Resolution teams also help with bringing or defending Equality Act complaints and claims by beneficiaries, service users, employees, members and volunteers.

Our Equality and anti-discrimination law Team