Equality and diversity National Museums Scotland is committed to promoting equality and ensuring that no one is denied opportunities or discriminated against through prejudice or exclusion due to factors such as age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion or belief; or sexual orientation. Everyone should expect to be treated with respect, to be treated fairly and to have the opportunity to reach their potential. As part of our visitor programming we take into account the needs of all our potential visitors and look at them as individuals; we do not make assumptions about them. From exhibitions to galleries; from workshops to tours and from events to our website, we hope to ensure that across all of our museums there is something that will appeal to our audiences. We have a proven track record in audience engagement and ongoing collaboration with a number of organisations, for example Impact Art and Project Scotland and we hope to extend this reach in the future. This commitment to equality and diversity is also reflected in our employment policies and practices, where consultation is key to new policy development and review. About the legislation The Equality Act 2010 brought together many existing anti-discrimination requirements, updating, enhancing and simplifying them under one overarching piece of legislation. The general duties ensure that organisations are Eliminating discrimination, harassment, victimisation or any other prohibited conduct; Advancing equality of opportunity; and Fostering good relations. This legislation extends protection in relation to both the provision of services as well as from an employment perspective to people with the following equality: Age Disability Gender Gender Reassignment Marriage and Civil Partnership Pregnancy/Maternity Race Religion or Belief Sexual Orientation. In addition to the general duties Scottish Ministers have the power to impose specific duties on relevant Scottish public bodies. The specific duties came into place on the 27 May 2012 and place additional requirements on listed organisations of which National Museums Scotland is one. These additional requirements include the development of Equality Outcomes, gathering of employment information, production of a Mainstreaming Report, the implementation of a revised Impact Assessment process, the production of equal pay statements and the requirement to undertake pay gap analysis for specified groups. Information and documents relating to equality legislation prior to 2010 can be found by in our Equality and Diversity Archive page.