It is unlawful to discriminate against a person at work because of:-
-ethnic or national origin
-religion or belief
-sexual orientation

Direct or indirect discrimination?
Discrimination can be either direct or indirect. Direct discrimination is when a person is treated less favourably at work because of their sex, race,religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. For example, if an employee is not selected for promotion because of colour, this is direct discrimination.

Indirect discrimination occurs where a particular employee cannot meet a requirement which is not justifiable in terms of the work and they are at a disadvantage as a result, for example, if the employer only gives training to full-time workers, this would indirectly discriminate against women, as most part-time workers are women.

Harassment is also a form of discrimination. Harassment can include verbal abuse, suggestive remarks and unwanted physical contact. You may also be discriminated against if you are being treated unfairly because you have
tried to take action about discrimination.

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