We all have the right to a life free from discrimination and degrading treatment at work, in our communities, in education and the provision of services. It is unlawful to treat people unfairly because of a protected characteristic; age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and in N Ireland only – political opinion.
There are different types of discrimination. Direct discrimination is where you are treated worse than someone else because of a protected characteristic. Indirect discrimination is where an organisation has a practice or policy that applies to everyone, but disadvantages people of a protected group.
Harassment is where a person behaves in a way, because of a protected characteristic, which violates your dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Victimisation is where you have made a complaint about discrimination, in good faith, or helped someone else with a complaint and suffered as a result.
If you feel you have suffered discrimination, you are not alone. Talk to your union rep. We can help you if you were a member at the time of the incident(s). We can give free legal advice, guidance and representation for workplace discrimination issues. We also have equality networks and resources that can help.
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