Equalities is a topic that is very important for dietitians who are all different and can all be affected by discrimination based on one of the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010, either due to treatment the dietitian is receiving or how the dietitian is treating others.

The Equality Act 

The BDA has produced for dietitians and Trade Union Representatives guidance on the Equality Act 2010 which is the legislation that protects dietitians in the workplace from discrimination or unfair treatment due to their Age, Race, Disability, Sex, Sexual Orientation, Religion or Philosophical Belief, Cast, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership and Pregnancy and Maternity. 

The guidance explains how the legislation can be breached and gives guidance to dietitians how they should consider their interactions in the workplace and society so as to avoid breaking the Equality Act 2010. 


Although Religion is referred to in the guidance on the Equality Act 2010 it in itself can be a sensitive and difficult topic in the workplace so separate guidance for dietitians and Trade Union Representatives on Religion and Philosophical Beliefs has been produced giving some areas that will be of specific interest for Dietetians and Dietetic Managers.

BDA Virtual Equality Networks

The BDA Virtual Equality Networks are a group of networks based on the equality groups of people who are covered by the Equality Act 2010.

Find out more about the BDA Virtual Equality Networks.

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