The Act replaced anti-discrimination legislation including the Race Relations Act 1976 and Disability Discrimination Act 1995, but while the responsibilities on the part of businesses remained much the same, it was extended to cover the protected characteristics. The nine protected characteristics are:
- Gender reassignment.
- Marriage and civil partnership.
- Pregnancy and maternity.
- Religion or belief.
- Sexual orientation.
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