Discrimination in employment: exceptions (EqA 2010)
This note examines the various exceptions set out in the Equality Act 2010 that enable employers to discriminate lawfully in limited circumstances. The most prominent of these are the "occupational requirements" and "positive action" exceptions that apply across most of the protected characteristics.
Most of the Equality Act 2010 took effect on 1 October 2010. For information on the pre-October 2010 discrimination regime, see A toolkit: pre-October 2010 discrimination law.