Same sex couples who register as civil partners have the same rights as married couples in respect of employment rights. The Equality Act 2010 protects employees who are in a civil partnership, or marriage against discrimination. Therefore recruitment and selection policies must not discriminate on the grounds of civil partnerships or marriage (Acas).
Marriage and civil partnerships are a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010. Marriage is defined as a 'union between a man and a woman'. Same-sex couples can have their relationships legally recognised as 'civil partnerships'. Civil partners must be treated the same as married couples on a wide range of legal matters.
Civil Partnerships and Marriage (Acas)
Information on the rights of married couples and those in a civil partnership.
Stonewall provides a range of guidance on partnerships rights. This includes advice on: converting a civil partnership, the rights and responsibilities gained upon forming a civil partnership, housing rights for same-sex couples, civil partnership law and how to register a partnership.
Situations where equality law is different – Marriage and Civil Partnership
Information from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on when marriage and civil partnership is a situation where equality law applies differently.