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The Equality Act legally protects people from discrimination at work and in society in general.

The Act covers 9 protected characteristics, these are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race – this includes ethnic or national origins, colour and nationality
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

GOV.UK provides more information on the Equality Act

Our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights strategy

We believe in promoting equality, diversity, human rights and community cohesion because they’re an important part of making sure everyone is treated fairly.

The strategy sets out our promise for working on this within Leicestershire between 2016 -2020. It includes information about our aims, how we will measure progress and who is responsible for monitoring the work.

Equality strategy 2016-2020    Opens new window

Easy read version - Equality strategy 2016-2020   

Equality, diversity, community cohesion and human rights charter    Opens new window

Equality action plan

The strategy is supported by an Equality action plan which sets out in more detail what we will do over the next year to stop discrimination, increase equality of opportunity and encourage good relations in the way that we deliver our services, to our communities and in our workforce. 

Equality action plan 2016-2017    Opens new window

Employment Equality Monitoring

We collect information about the make up of our workforce. The Workforce Equalities Profile shows the current target and a summary of this information for the last 5 years.

Workforce Equalities Profile    Opens new window

Employment Equality Monitoring information for previous years is available below:

Workforce planning statistics 2014/2015    Opens new window

Equality & Human Rights Impact Assessments (EHRIA)

Equality & human rights impact assessments are used to see what effect changes to services or policies will have on people with protected characteristics.

The assessments also help us to understand whether our services are meeting everyone’s needs.Opens new window

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