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Outline the key features and evaluate how the Equality Act 2010 protects older people.

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Transfer-Encoding: chunked ´╗┐Outline the key features and evaluate how the Equality Act 2010 protects older people. [10marks] The Equality Act (2010) protects older people from direct and indirect discrimination that are based on a protected characteristic, such as; age, marital status, sexual orientation, race, disability, religion and etc. The Act simplifies current equality laws and puts them in one piece of legislation that includes all public bodies, which would make the law stronger in some places, such as England and Wales. The Act emphasis on promoting equality rather than reducing inequality in disadvantage groups, such as elderly people. The rights of an elderly person is protected in the Equality Act to ensure that they receive fair treatment when using a service. ...read more.


These professions can be construction work. Nevertheless, the Equality Act protects older people from harassment and victimisation in services and public functions, such as; schools, colleges, universities, transports and work. Harassment is an unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic were an older person dignity is violated. It can create an environment that is hostile, intimidating, degrading, offensive and humiliating for the older person. Victimisation differs from harassment. With victimisation the older person would be treated different due to them coming forefront about being discriminated and harassed. The older person would be subjected to detriment. The Equality Act would help guide a person guide an older person in talking action when harassed or victimised, which would eliminate unlawful discrimination. ...read more.


Older people are stereotyped to be sick people. This negative stigma can cause situations such as the one I had described. In conclusion, the Equality Act is effective in protecting the rights of older people from unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation. An older person cannot be treated differently by an organisation or service provider on the basis of their age. Conversely, the Act rely heavily on people knowing their rights in order for them to take action when redressing the discrimination. If the person is unaware of their rights; they would not be able to identify signs of discrimination. The Act does have an exemption for age as long as the person discriminating on the basis of age has a legitimate reason for it. This means that discrimination can occur in certain professions. ...read more.

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