Areas Covered by Law

Equality legislation protects ten "protected characteristics". These are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The legislation makes it illegal to discriminate against people based on these characteristics in employment or service delivery. It also gives extra duties for public bodies like Nottingham City Council to actively promote equality and to consider how it can reduce disadvantages.

How to Consult on Equalities Issues

Nottingham City Council has several Internal and External Equalities groups that be consulted about general issues or ones relating to specific strands.

Please visit our Equality Forums webpage for more details.


The Equality and Employability Team also manage Nottingham City Council’s corporate apprenticeship programme, as well as work experience and graduate programmes.

Apprenticeships are no longer restricted to young people and new recruits. You can access the Apprenticeship Levy to fund existing staff development as long as they will be working towards an approved apprenticeship standard for at least 12 months and are able to spend 20% of their work time on off the job training.

For information on Nottingham City Council’s apprenticeships offers, visit our Apprenticeship webpage.

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Useful Numbers 

  • Equality & Employability Team – 01158762747
  • Nottinghamshire Deaf Society – 01159700516
  • Citizens Advice (Nottingham & District) - 0300 330 5457