The Equality Act came into for in October 2010 providing a modern, single legal framework with clear, streamlined law to more effectively tackle disadvantage and discrimination.
On 1 October 2010 the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA Act), along with a range of other discrimination laws, was replaced by the Equality Act 2010 in England, Wales and Scotland – In Northern Ireland, the DDA Act is still the law.
The Equality Act 2010 is designed to protect people from unfair treatment and to create a more equal society. The Act brings together a range of anti-discrimination laws that have been passed over the last 40 years and to make it easier for people to understand their rights and challenge unfair discrimination.
In the case of disability, employers and service providers have a duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to their workplaces to overcome barriers experienced by disabled people. In this regard, the Equality Act did not change the law.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission can also give you information on the Equality Act 2010, including guidance for customers, employees and service providers.
The Government Equalities Office website also has information on the Equality Act 2010.
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