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Protected characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation in respect of nine protected characteristics. These are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. Disability has two additional requirements. An employer must not discriminate against an employee because of something arising out of their disability, and must  make reasonable adjustments to remove any substantial disadvantage. [see The Protected Characteristics, Proving Discrimination, The Comparator in Direct Discrimination, Direct Discrimination, Indirect Discrimination, Victimisation, Harassment]