The Equality Act, which came into force in October 2010, replaces previous anti-discrimination laws with a single act to make the law simpler and to remove inconsistencies. This makes the law easier for people to understand and comply with.
The act also strengthened protection in some areas including:
The act says that these nine characteristics cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly.
The Equality Act sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone, such as:
The act prohibits unfair treatment in the workplace, when providing:
Here is our equality information on our employees, job applicants and our customers that is required under the Equality Act.
Over the next year we will be looking at what the information is telling us and working on actions to improve, which we’ll include in our three year Equality Plan.
We set up an Equality Employment Task Group to look at improving the way we present our employment figures and also considered a range of positive action initiatives to improve the diversity of our workforce. We will be replacing the statistics report once we have chosen the new design.
We’re proud of our Stonewall Equality Index top 100 employers position for the third year running and our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Employee Network have won a star performer award for the second year running.
We also have a Black Employees Support Network and a Disabled Employees Network and have retained our Positive about Disabled People's logo for over 20 years now. Our employee network is also help is do equality impact assessments.
Our services for customers have been greatly improved recently by our newly re-furbished Council House. This has become a new one-stop shop for our customers and has some really good facilities for people in equality groups, both as employees and as customers. This includes:
We have five equality forums to help us with getting our policies right. The Forums put on events such as International Day of Disabled People, International Women's Day and for the first time last year International Men's Day, which was a huge success. See our Celebrating diversity and equality page for more information on our Forums.
Our completed equality impact assessments are listed on Equality Impact Assessments page, including our equality impact assessment guidance.
Here is our equality information for 2014 on our employees, job applicants and our customers that we need to do each year under the Equality Act’s Public Sector Equality Duty.
Here is our Public sector equality duty information 2015 on our customers, employees, and job applicants that we have to provide under the Equality Act 2010 Public Sector Equality Duty
Here is our equality information for 2016 on our customers, employees, and job applicants that we have to provide under the Equality Act 2010 Public Sector Equality Duty
Here is our equality information for 2017 on our customers, employees, and job applicants that we have to provide under the Equality Act 2010 Public Sector Equality Duty
For more information about our equality information, download the Derby City Council Plan 2016 - 2019
Or visit our Your City Your Say latest consultations pages.