Resources for Managers and Staff


The Equality Act came into force from October 2010 providing a modern, single legal framework with clear, streamlined law to more effectively tackle disadvantage and discrimination.

Guidance can be found on the the

Equality and Human Rights Commission website:

ACAS website: ACAS Equality Act 2010 Guide for Employers


There are 9 protected characteristics identified within the Equality Act 2010. 

Equality and Human Rights Commission: Protected Characteristics 


Where this is referred to, it refers to a person belonging to a particular age (e.g. 44 year olds) or range of ages (e.g. 18 to 25 year olds).
ACAS Age and the Workplace Guide 
NHS Employers Employing Young People Resources


A person has a disability if she or he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on that person's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Equality and Human Rights Commission Disability Advice and Guidance
UHMBT Disability Network Page
How to Support People With Autism
Guide for line managers: Recruiting, managing and developing people with a disability or health condition

Dyslexia Resources

UHMBT Guide to Dyslexia in the Workplace (available for staff via UHMBT’s internal document library)
British Dyslexia Association
Dyslexia Action
Guide to Overcoming Dyslexia

Gender reassignment 

The process of transitioning from one gender to another.
LGBT Foundation
UHMBT LGBT Network Page
ACAS: Avoiding gender reassignment discrimination in the workplace
Gender Identity Research and Education Society 
Press For Change
UHMBT Transgender Care Policy (available for staff via UHMBT’s internal document library)

Marriage and civil partnership

Marriage is no longer restricted to a union between a man and a woman but now includes a marriage between a same-sex couple. Same-sex couples can also have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Civil partners must not be treated less favourably than married couples (except where permitted by the Equality Act).
ACAS Guidance: Marriage and Civil Partnerships 

Pregnancy and maternity 

Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context.
Equality and Human Rights Commission: Pregnancy and Maternity in the Workplace


Refers to the protected characteristic of Race. It refers to a group of people defined by their race, colour, and nationality (including citizenship) ethnic or national origins.
ACAS: Race Discrimination
BME Network Page
Workforce Race Equality Standard

Religion and belief

Religion has the meaning usually given to it but belief includes religious and philosophical beliefs including lack of belief (such as Atheism). 
Generally, a belief should affect your life choices or the way you live for it to be included in the definition.
ACAS: Religion
National Faith guide 

Sexual orientation

Whether a person's sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.
LGBT Foundation
NHS Employers LGBT Equality in the Workplace Resources
UHMBT LGBT Equality Standard
UHMBT Managers Guide

UHMBT Policies / Guidance are available for staff via the Trust’s internal document library and cannot be accessed externally at the current time.

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