Introduction to the Equality Act 2010

Awareness training for businesses and employees on the Equality Act 2010

Key Learning Points:

  • What is the importance of the Equality Act 2010
  • How to recognise the different forms of discrimination
  • What are the definitions of harassment, discrimination and victimisation
  • Which are the protected characteristics
  • How are the protected characteristics treated by the law

Course Overview

The engaging online training course is vital for exploring the different types of discrimination and how employees are protected from them under the Equality Act 2010.

Ensuring your workplace is diverse and free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation is the right thing to do for your employees. It’s also good for business. Teams in which all members are treated well and respected are more productive, effective and happy.

Course Details

  • Certificate on completion
  • Regular course updates
  • Course can be tailored using Adapt Authoring Tool
  • Course can be tailored to meet your specific requirements

Course Contents

This equality and diversity online course is broken down into two main sections. These are:

This equality and diversity online course is broken down into two main sections. These are:

Equality and law

This section covers the key aspects of the Equality Act 2010 and examines the ways in which the legislation helps to protect against inequality and discrimination. The course also explores the reasons why equality and diversity is so important, the legislation around equality and diversity, why is the Equality Act 2010 is important and how the laws apply to individuals.

Unlawful Discrimination

This section explores the types of unlawful discrimination, if it relates to any of the protected characteristics and why discrimination against someone is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. The course also looks at examples of direct and indirect discrimination, how harassment, bullying and victimisation work, and how to raise concerns of inappropriate behaviour.

This course is published by Cylix

Tailored versions of the courses are available for the following sectors

Compatible for

Any Workplace

Public Sector




Fire & Rescue

The Assessment

Learners are tested on their knowledge throughout the course with short quizzes and feedback on the answers. At the end of each module, learners must take an assessment test and answer 80% of the questions correctly to complete the module. Learners can also take the assessment again to improve their score.

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About The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 is the main piece of legislation covering equality, diversity, harassment, discrimination and victimisation in British workplaces. It’s unlawful to discriminate or treat someone less favourably because of:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment

These are the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act. Since we all possess some of these characteristics, everyone is protected against discrimination under the Equality Act.


If you have any questions that are not covered here, please get in touch.

The Equality Act came into effect from October 2010 providing a modern, single legal framework with clear regulation around tackling disadvantage and discrimination in the workplace. The Equality Act 2010 brings together over 116 separate pieces of legislation into one single Act and provides single a discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment.

The Equality Act 2010 is designed to protect individuals from discrimination. It means that discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of certain characteristics is against the law. This includes discrimination against someone because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. These are called protected characteristics.

Compliance with this legislation is important and beneficial to organisations. By having standards that organisations need to meet, there is a consistency throughout recruitment and hiring processes. Promoting equality and diversity in the workplace also means that businesses gain a flexible and adaptive corporate culture by accessing a broader variety of worldviews and problem-solving skills.

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