Under the Equality Act 2010 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents ), what is protected:
- Religious Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage or civil partnership
In what ways can discrimination be identified:
It is often difficult to know if we have been discriminated against. Very often there is no obvious ‘incident’ that is discriminatory in language. However, often through circumstance, mixture of communication, emails/conversation/absence of communication, it is possible to feel discriminated against and evidence the issues.
What are the different types of discrimination:
Direct – less favourable treatment that some without that protected characteristic (whether a real person or hypothetical)
Indirect – when a provision, criterion or practice is applied to everyone in the same way but adversely effects one particular group more than another
Harassment – unwanted conduct to that violates the other’s dignity or creates a hostile or offensive environment
Victimisation – treating the person to e detriment because they have brought a claim/complaint of discrimination or supported someone who has brought a claim/complaint
In Disability Discrimination cases there are additional forms of discrimination:
Discrimination arising from disability – Being treated unfavourably because of something arising from the disability and cannot show that that treatment is a proportionate means to achieving a legitimate aim
Failure to make reasonable adjustments – An employer is under a duty to make reasonable adjustments for a person that is disabled within the meaning of the Act. Failure to do so, would give rise to this claim.