There are now nine “protected characteristics” (they used to be refereed to as equality strands), namely: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. In April 2011 legislation will be brought in that ensures that public bodies, including Fire and Rescue Services, will have a duty to promote equality on eight of these grounds (not marriage or civil partnership).
The Act also provides definitions of: direct discrimination; discrimination arising from disability; indirect discrimination; harassment; and victimisation.
The Act introduces a new general public sector equality duty that will come into force in April 2011. This means that the public sector, including Fire and Rescue Services must:
The Welsh Government developed specific equality duties for Wales based on our needs. The specific equality duties should help us meet the general duty. They are:
Carey Wood – Diversity Officer
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