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What doesn't count as unlawful discrimination in goods and services

There are exceptions in the Equality Act 2010 where a service provider or trader is allowed to discriminate against you. This section explains when a service provider or trader is allowed to discriminate against you.

Age discrimination

Situations which don't count as unlawful age discrimination when buying goods or accessing services, when a trader or service provider is allowed to treat some people differently because of their age.

Single-sex and separate services for men and women

Situations which don't count as unlawful sex discrimination when buying goods or accessing services, when a trader or provider is allowed to provide services specifically for men or women.

Religious organisations and charities

Situations which don't count as unlawful discrimination, when a charity or religious organisation is allowed to restrict services, in keeping with the beliefs of the organisation.

Insurance services

Situations which don't count as unlawful discrimination, when a trader or provider is allowed to provided insurance services, based on perceived risks associated with particular characteristics.

Sport

Situations which don't count as unlawful sex discrimination when running sporting competitions, when the organiser can hold separate competitions for men and women, for reasons of safety or fairness.