Discrimination means treating some people differently from others. It is not always unlawful - after all, people are paid different wages depending on their status and skills. However, there are certain reasons for which your employer cannot discriminate against you by law.

What is discrimination?

Discrimination happens when an employer treats one employee less favourably than others. It could mean a female employee being paid less than a male colleague for doing the same job, or an employee from a minority ethnic community being refused the training opportunities offered to other colleagues.

There are specific laws against some types of discrimination (called 'unlawful discrimination'). If your employer treats you less favourably for an unlawful reason, you may be able to take action. If your employer treats you unfairly for any other reason, this is not unlawful discrimination. There are laws against discrimination on the basis of your:

  • gender

  • marriage or civil partnership

  • gender reassignment

  • pregnancy and maternity leave

  • sexual orientation

  • disability

  • race

  • colour

  • ethnic background

  • nationality

  • religion or belief

  • age

Should you have any queries regarding discrimination please do not hesitate to contact us for confidential advice on 028 9024 3901 or contact us online using the contact us form.