What does the Act prohibit?
The Equality Act 2010 prohibits direct discrimination and victimisation on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity.
What is direct discrimination?
Direct discrimination occurs where a person treats another person less favourably than he or she treats or would treat others on grounds of pregnancy and/ or maternity. This includes the less favourable treatment of a woman who is breast-feeding.
Indirect discrimination and harassment are not prohibited by the Act. However, such conduct could amount to direct discrimination.
What is victimisation?
Victimisation occurs where a person is subjected to a detriment by reason of the fact that he has (or it is believed that he has or may) carried out one of the following acts:
brought or given evidence or information in proceedings brought under the Act;
the doing of something for the purposes of or in connection with the Act.
made an allegation that a person has contravened the Act.
However, the giving of false evidence or information, or the making of a false allegation is not protected by the Act if it is given or made in bad faith.
For more information on:
- In what circumstances does the Act apply?
- Other situations
- How is the Act enforced?