Equality Act (M1 &D1) • What the equality act is The Equality Act 2010 replaced previous anti-discrimination laws; it came into force on 1st October 2010 to make the law simpler, remove inconsistencies and to make it easier for people to understand so they can follow it more. The equality act brings together a lot of legislations into the one act, this act strengthened protection in certain situations, and it also provides protection from unfair treatment for individuals and equal opportunities for everyone and promotes a fair society. The aim of the equality act is to provide a set of rules for people to follow that cover different kinds of discrimination, it replaces a few acts such as Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act. There are nine protected characteristics which are: age disability gender reassignment marriage and civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation The act sets certain standards for the way a person should be treated, things which are unacceptable are harassment, failing to make certain adjustments for a disabled person, victimisation and direct and indirect discrimination. The act stops unfair treatment in the workplace, when providing goods, facilities and services, in education and by association such as private clubs.
The constitution does this with the first amendment allowing for free speech whether it’s popular or not. American society is seen (at least in theory) as a place where you can immigrate to poor and through hard work and determination make yourself into whatever you want to become. This social mobility also has to do with comparing equality of opportunity with that of equality of results. Opportunity is where you believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to achieve prosperity and results is where you believe that equal effort demands equal results. With opportunity you have the challenge of reaching the very poor and the destitute with the same opportunities as the rich.
How much safer would we be if this were a part of Meghan’s law. Now in days the law only states that if the client asks for this information, they are to be provided with it. But, if this was a required piece of information just as your social security number is to rent a place or how your down payment for a mortgage is to buy a home for you and your family, it would make the lives of innocent people and their children and families much easier, and safer. It is very essential to our lives to know about the area you live in and those who surround your
Unit 304: Enable rights and choices of individuals with dementia whilst minimising risks 1.1 Key legislation that relates to the fulfilment of rights and choices and also minimises the risk of harm to an individual with dementia is: * Human Rights Act 1998 * Mental Capacity Act 2005 * Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 * Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DOLS) * Mental Health Act 2007 * The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 * Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 * Carers (Equal opportunities) Act 2004 This legislation is there to protect individuals from harm and abuse, it also protects the rights of that individual so that they have the freedom to believe, do and say as they
• Special services are created that keep disabled people segregated and cut off from everybody else. Social model of disability is exciting because it shows how to give equality to disable people • Challenging stereotypes and assumptions. • By giving disabled people full civil rights under law. • Creating buildings that are accessible. • Producing information in accessible formats • Ending segregated services.
It also makes sure that schools eliminate any barriers so that all individuals have access. Disability Discrimination Act 2005 Places a duty on all organisations, including schools, to promote equality of opportunity between disabled people and other people eliminate discrimination that is unlawful under the DDA eliminate harassment of disabled people that is related to their disability promote positive attitudes towards disabled people encourage participation by disabled people in public life take steps to meet disabled people’s needs, even if this requires more favourable treatment (taken from a leaflet from Bedford Borough, Leaflet 10, A guide to disability discrimination in schools.) Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 Makes it unlawful for educational providers to discriminate against children with a special education need or disability. Race Relations Act 2000 Outlines the duty of organisations to promote good relationships between people from different races. Human Rights Act 1998 The Act sets out fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK has a right to.
Anti-discriminatory law has changed mostly in relation to disability with new legislation now covering discrimination by association, perception and indirect discrimination. The law relating to direct disability discrimination now covers access to goods and services and not just work related discrimination. Under the new Act reasonable adjustments must be made where there is a substantial disadvantage. Service providers are now required to take steps in advance to address barriers that impede disabled people and not wait until a disabled person experiences difficulty before making a necessary adjustment. The UN convention on the rights of the child – adopted by the united nations in November 1989, spells out the basic human rights to which children everywhere are entitled.
In its preamble the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises that the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. The human rights of people with learning disabilities are inseparable from those of their fellow citizens. In March 2008 the Joint Committee on Human Rights (the House of Lords and the House of Commons) issued a report: A Life Like Any Other? Human Rights of Adults with Learning Disabilities. This stated that the HRA “provides a legal framework for service providers to abide by, and for service users to demand that they are treated with respect for their dignity”.
It covers all aspects of the anti-discrimination laws but is significantly easier for people and businesses to comply with as it is all in One Act and One law. Equality is basically stressing the fact that everyone should be treated equally and fairly and given the same opportunities in employment to build and progress in a career and also in everyday life, within certain limits obviously. E.g if someone had been prosecuted for paedophilia previously then the opportunity for them to work within a child environment would automatically be taken away from them as this would be putting the children/young adults at a potential risk and this is not efficient safeguarding. 9 areas that are covered by the Equality Act 2010 are: * Age * Disability * Gender Re-Assignment * Marriage and Civil Partnership * Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity * Race * Religion, Belief, Culture * Sexual
The equality act 2010 is an act which ensures that all individuals are protected from various forms of discrimination in the work place. This may include indirect, direct and covert forms of discriminations as well as harassment and bullying against vulnerable individuals. This act focuses on many important laws and legislations put in place to avoid unfair treatment of those in the ‘protected characteristics’ group, as well as giving individuals greater protection from harassment they do not want. Furthermore, this act aims to give make it easier for employers to understand their responsibilities. This is perhaps what makes it such as simple act to follow as it uses clearly set out and precise laws which fully explain every right that an individual holds in their workplace, this might also be a reason why it stands so strong compared to other acts of legislation; due to its importance and value.