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:
- 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.