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Equality Act 2010

Every employee has the right to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

As an employer, under the Equality Act 2010, you have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure your employees work in an environment free from:

  • Less favourable treatment (discrimination),
  • Threatening, intimidating, offensive or humiliating behaviour (harassment)
  • Further detriment because of a complaint of harassment or discrimination being raised (victimisation)

Where these conducts are linked to one or more protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, religion, race, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership.

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