670. Equality and diversity generally.

The EU Charter provides that everyone is equal before the law1, and that any discrimination based on any ground such a sex, race2, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age3, sexual orientation4 or nationality5 is prohibited6. The Charter also provides that the EU must respect cultural, religious and linguistic diversity7, that equality between men and women must be ensured in all areas, including employment, work and pay, and that the principle of equality does not prevent the maintenance or adoption of