Definitions of terms related to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs.
Diversity aims to recognise, respect and value people’s differences to contribute and realise their full potential by promoting an inclusive culture for all.
Discrimination is defined in the Equality Act 2010 as less favourable treatment because of a protected characteristic.
Protected characteristic is a term used in the Equality Act 2010 to describe who is protected by the Act. The protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act are: age, sex, race (including ethnicity and nationality), disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and marriage or civil partnership.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) provides definitions for each protected characteristic.