What exactly is an equality claim?

In October 2010, a new Equality Act came into force to provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.

The Equality Act 2010 stands to protect people from discrimination. It covers:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex or sexual orientation

Under this act, if you have ill-health or a disability, you are entitled to request adaptations to your home.

What is considered a breach of the Equality Act?

The circumstances are endless but can include:

  • If you have a disability and your landlord has not made the necessary adaptations for your home
  • If you consider yourself to have a mental illness and this has been exacerbated by your poor housing conditions
  • If you aren’t a native English speaker or if Britain is not your native country and your landlord has not clearly explained your housing rights or has taken advantage of you
  • If you are a single parent and have children who live in unsafe housing conditions with no help from your landlord

Public bodies and companies, such as local councils and housing associations, have a further duty to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other prohibited conduct
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

Ready to make a claim? Contact our team on 0808 273 0900 for free advice or read more on how to make an equality claim here

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