Protected characteristics are the nine groups protected under the Equality Act 2010. They are:

Under the Act people are not allowed to discriminate, harass or victimise another person because they have any of the protected characteristics. There is also protection against discrimination where someone is perceived to have one of the protected characteristics or where they are associated with someone who has a protected characteristic. – Equality and Human Rights Commission

Equality Act Protected Characteristics

  • A brief overview of Torbay's population by each protected characteristic

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