Equality and diversity legal duties

Equality and diversity

Your legal requirements and reasonable adjustments you can make

​​​​​​​Equality means treating people fairly, to value and respect them regardless of their natural characteristics. Diversity is about creating a culture which values individual differences and variety for the benefit of society, individuals and organisations.

Use the links below to find information on your legal requirements for equality in the workplace. You will also find t​ools and resources to help you make reasonable adjustments to support employees.​

  1. Equality and diversity legal duties
  2. Ill health and disability
  3. Supporting fair work

1. Equality and diversity legal duties

​F​airness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business or public body. It is supported by the Equality Act 2010 and T​he Human Rights Act​. It also makes good business sense for an organisation. 

These legal frameworks are in place to ensure all workers are treated equally and given the same opportunities regardless of their 

  • age
  • sex
  • race
  • disability
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • marriage and civil partnership.

It is important to ensure no one is discriminated against 

  • during recruitment
  • during e​mployment
  • in relation to pay.

You must ensure you do not have policies or procedures that disadvantage one group more than another. 

​Find out more

The CIPD site provides further information to help you understand what diversity means for your workplace and how an effective diversity strategy can support your business.  

Visit the CIPD site for more about diversity and inclusion​