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Fairness, Inclusion & Respect

The Law

The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework that protects the rights of all individuals and promotes a fair and more equal society.

Making sure you comply with regulation

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The Equality Act 2010 applies to England, Wales and Scotland. It provides a legal framework that protects the rights of all individuals and promotes a fair and more equal society.

We are all protected from unlawful treatment (that is, discrimination) due to our age, our sex (or gender), our race, our religion or belief (or lack of it), our sexual orientation, our marital or civil partnership status, any disability and circumstances related to pregnancy and maternity and transitioning between one gender to another. These human features are known as “protected characteristics”.

Employers must not discriminate against people on the basis of any of these characteristics – whether actual or perceived. They must also prevent harassment and victimisation of people on the basis of their protected characteristics (perceived or actual) or their association with people with any perceived or actual protected characteristics.

Companies delivering services on behalf of the public sector might also be impacted by the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

There is much more information about the law in relation to FIR within the FIR Toolkit

Inclusive leadership in action

Watch Australian Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison, as an example of a leader taking a stand to combat discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

Australian army: A message about unacceptable behaviour

Selected FIR learning resources

We have an extensive resource library on FIR issues, dive in and look at these 4 resources or click to see the searchable library.

Fairness Inclusion and Respect
Fairness Inclusion and Respect
Fairness Inclusion and Respect
Fairness Inclusion and Respect