How to Identify discrimination in the workplace

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The Equality Act 2010

If you are being discriminated against at work, you may have cause to take it up with the employment tribunal as there is a law against it.  This law is called “The Equality Act 2010” and it states that anyone being mistreated at work due to who they may be justified to take up legal action against it.

How to identify discrimination in the workplace

#1           To fall into the criteria of unlawful discrimination at work if it is being carried out by certain people such as:

  • Employment agents and or their staff
  • Employers
  • Employees (work colleagues)
  • Temporary employers

#2           Unlawful discrimination at work means being treated unfairly because of one or more of the following:

  • A disability
  • Your gender
  • Your sexual orientation
  • Your age
  • Gender reassignment
  • Belief or religion affiliation
  • Maternity and or pregnancy
  • Race

#3           How are you being unfairly treated?

  • Direct discrimination
    You are treated differently because of who you are, someone you may know or because of who others assume you are
  • Indirect discrimination
    When you and or others alike are put at a disadvantage due to a law, rule or policy
  • Harassment
    Any treatment that may be deemed as offensive, humiliating, aggressive, or distressing.
  • Disabled discrimination
    You are being treated poorly, excluded, or humiliated due to a disability or does not make what is known as “reasonable adjustments”
  • Victimization
    You are being treated badly due to making a complaint or demand or having been thought to have done so.

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The next step

Once you have all your evidence, your employee contract, staff handbooks, policies, etc.  you seek out help from the Citizens Advice Bureau or one of the other agencies that can help and advise you on your potential claim.

Remember the more information and evidence you can gather to take with you and documented timeline of the events, the more the agency will be able to help.

It is handy to keep a diary and as much detail of the events as possible.  Keep all text messages, and voicemails and or emails.  If things


Everyone has the right to fair and equal opportunities, especially in the workplace.  You should be taken for your abilities to do the job and not who you are.  For instance, a man and woman doing the same job should be afforded the same salaries, promotion opportunities, etc.  In the workplace, career advancement should be based on a person’s capability and not who they are.

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