The Act encourages community organisations to recognise the challenges faced by people with different protected characteristics (features or attributes of a person which should not be used to treat them less favourably), in order to develop a more inclusive and accessible organisation.
Community organisations by law are required to make adjustments to practices, policies and procedures so that everyone can access their offer.
Who is protected?
Under the Act, discrimination, or unfair treatment of someone because of a particular characteristic is against the law. There are nine protected characteristics, which are:
- Religion or belief
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage or civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Sexual orientation
It is the duty of community organisations to consider how they can make their offer, services and any facilities as accessible as possible to every individual regardless of these nine characteristics.