Discrimination means treating people differently, negatively or adversely without a good reason because of who they are. You are legally protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010.

You are legally protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010.

It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender identity and gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

These are known as ‘protected characteristics’.

You’re protected from discrimination in the following situations:

  • at work
  • in education
  • as a consumer
  • when using public services
  • when buying or renting property
  • as a member or guest of a private club or association

If you think you’ve been unfairly discriminated against you can:

  • complain directly to the person or organisation
  • use someone else to help you sort it
  • make a claim in a court or tribunal

A full explanation of your rights and the actions you can take is available at GOV.UK.

Comprehensive details on all aspects of discrimination including resources & tols to help spot discrimination and downloadable fact sheets, are available from citizensadvice.

The Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) provide information advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues to individuals in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you think you've been affected by discrimination, you can contact EASS at this link.

Discrimination in the workplace

It is recommended by EASS that if the case is about possible discrimination in employment, you should first contact ACAS before contacting the EASS helpline.

To contact ACAS follow this link.

For more information go to My Advice Gateway page Discrimination in the Workplace.

Discrimination when purchasing goods or services

Information on discrimination when purchasing goods or services is available at the My Advice Gateway page Unfair Trading Practices and Fraud.

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