The law protects you from being discriminated against due to your age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, disability, pregnancy or maternity, marriage or civil partnership or gender reassignment. It also protects you from harassment and victimisation.
Discrimination can include being:
- overlooked for promotion or refused a job.
- selected for redundancy because you took maternity leave.
- picked on or humiliated because of your sexual orientation or race.
- Unwanted touching or comments.
Discrimination and harassment in the workplace can lead to individuals feeling isolated and being made ill by their experiences. Employees are often frightened to complain because they are worried that they will find it hard to get another job.