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Marriage and civil partnership and the Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, you must not be discriminated against in employment because you are married or in a civil partnership.

In the Equality Act, marriage and civil partnership means someone who is legally married or in a civil partnership. Marriage can either be between a man and a woman, or between partners of the same sex. Civil partnership is between partners of the same sex.

People are not protected under the legislation if they are:

  • single.
  • living with someone as a couple in a “common-law” relationship (neither married nor civil partners).
  • engaged to be married but not married.
  • divorced or a person whose civil partnership has been dissolved.

If you need further advice about an issues relating to age, please contact the EDI team. 

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