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The Equality Act 2010 was introduced in October 2010, bringing together pre-existing legislation on discrimination and equality and introducing some new provisions to address outstanding discrimination issues and promote equality. The Act repealed and replaced all existing equality legislation, including: The Equal Pay Act 1970 The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 The Race Relations Act 1976 The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 The Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations 2003 The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 Key concepts The Act defines the characteristics of nine protected groups including