The Equality Act 2010
This Act prohibits discrimination and victimisation in the workplace and during the hiring process.
It relates to the nine ‘protected characteristics’:
-Sex and sexual orientation
-Religion or belief
-Marriage and civil partnership
-Pregnancy and maternity
A company needs to show reasonable steps to avoid discrimination; this can be done by using an outsourced pre-employment screening company.
They can also act as a neutral third party and which gives equal treatment to the candidate being screened; thus gives privacy for the candidate – which in some cases could save the company from accusations of discrimination.