The Equality Act says 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 also for couples of all genders.
People do not have this characteristic if they are:
- living with someone as a couple neither married nor civil partners
- engaged to be married but not married
- divorced or a person whose civil partnership has been dissolved
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