Equality and you

Equality is an abstract concept. However, it is closely related to our daily life. In 2010, the Equality Act was introduced with clear definitions of equality explained through nine protected characteristics. It is enforced to create a discrimination-free environment in the workplace and within the wider society.

Surrey's public sector duty

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies to meet a General Duty. The Duty covers all protected groups (except Marriage and Civil Partnership) and Duty requires public bodies to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.