What is discrimination?

As a “worker” you are protected under employment law against discrimination at work on the grounds of sex, pregnancy/maternity, marriage/civil partnership, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, race, disability and age. The law against discrimination is found in the Equality Act 2010.

A “worker” includes all working people, not just employees. You will therefore be protected under the discrimination laws if you are self-employed, working through an agency, a director or partner and doing work experience. You therefore have protection even though you may not have a standard contract of employment.

The protection not to be discriminated against applies to all stages in employment including recruitment, promotion and dismissals.

Please click on the links below to go to the relevant pages for:-

 Age Discrimination 

Disability Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination

Race Discrimination

Sex Discrimination

Sexual Orientation


Sexual Harassment at work

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