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Equality Act

Equality -logo -FinalThe Equality Act 2017

The Isle of Man Equality Act 2017 will provide a unified legal framework to protect people from discrimination in both the workplace and through the provision of goods and services in wider society. It sets out the different ways in which it is unlawful to treat someone.

When fully implemented it will replace several current Acts of legislation including:

  • The Disability Discrimination Act 2006
  • Employment (Sex Discrimination) Act 2006
  • Race Relations Act 2004
  • Breastfeeding Act 2011
  • The Employment Act 2006 – the main statute which contains individual employment rights, has been amended in a number of important respects

Find out more about who will be protected from discrimination, the types of discrimination under the law and what action you will be able to take if you feel you've been unfairly discriminated against.

Equality Act commencement dates 

To allow businesses, organisations and individuals enough time to prepare for the implementation of the Equality Act, provisions surrounding the protected characteristics are being brought in over two different phased periods, known as commencement dates:

1 January 2019 

  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage & Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

1 January 2020

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Equal Pay for work of Equal Value


Equality Act

Cabinet Office

Government Offices

Bucks Road


Isle of Man


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Manx Industrial Relations Service

5th Floor

Victory House

Prospect Hill


Isle of Man


Office of Fair Trading

Thie Slieau Whallian

Foxdale Road

St John’s


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