How does the Equality Act protect gender reassignment?

The Equality Act would make clear that discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other gender-related bias is prohibited in these settings. In short, the Equality Act would prohibit discrimination against transgender people by any entity that accepts federal dollars.

Is gender reassignment protected under the Equality Act?

Gender reassignment is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act.

When did Equality Act include gender reassignment?

Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment “if the person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex”.

How does Equality Act protect individuals?

The Equality Act is a law which protects you from discrimination. It means that discrimination or unfair treatment on the basis of certain personal characteristics, such as age, is now against the law in almost all cases.

What does the Equality Act say about gender?

The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because: you are (or are not) a particular sex. someone thinks you are the opposite sex (this is known as discrimination by perception)

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What is an example of gender reassignment discrimination?

Some common examples of gender reassignment discrimination

For example, if your employer refuses, without good reason, to let you have time off to undergo treatment for gender reassignment, or pays you less than you would have received if you were off sick, this is likely to amount to direct discrimination.

What is gender reassignment surgery?

Gender reassignment surgery, sometimes called sex reassignment surgery, is performed to transition individuals with gender dysphoria to their desired gender. People with gender dysphoria often feel that they were born in the wrong gender. A biological male may identify more as a female and vice versa.

What are the three main purposes of the Equality Act?

We welcome our general duty under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination; to advance equality of opportunity; and to foster good relations.

How does the Equality Act 2010 protect adults?

The Equality 2010 Act only gives adults (over 18s) full legal protection from unlawful age discrimination. Children and young people are excluded from this new protection. However, you can still bring claims based on other characteristics such as disability, race, sex etc.

When did gender reassignment become a protected characteristic?

The inclusion of “gender reassignment” as a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010 was a huge step forward and has clearly improved the position of trans people.