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What are the different types of discrimination?

If you've been treated unfairly at work or when applying for a job, it may be unlawful discrimination. This section explains what the different types of unlawful discrimination are in the workplace.

Direct discrimination

Explains what direct discrimination means and when the unfair treatment you experience at work is unlawful.

Indirect discrimination

Explains what indirect discrimination means and when the unfair treatment you experience at work is unlawful.

Indirect discrimination at work - specific situations

Explains how certain groups of workers may be indirectly discriminated against because of religion or sex.

The employer's duty to make reasonable adjustments

Explains the duty of an employer to make reasonable adjustments so that disabled workers are not disadvantaged in the workplace.

Reasonable adjustments - what must employers do?

Describes the kind of reasonable adjustments an employer must make to builldings, equipment or processes, so that disabled workers are not disadvantaged in the workplace.

Employer refuses to make reasonable adjustments

Explains what to do if an employer refuses to make reasonable adjustments to builldings, equipment or processes, so that disabled workers are not disadvantaged in the workplace.

Taking action about a failure to make reasonable adjustments

Flowchart showing the steps to follow in deciding whether to take action about an employer's failure to make reasonable adjustments for disabled workers.

Medical checks before offering a job

Explains employers' rights to ask about your health and sickness absence, when you apply for a job.

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work

Explains what to do if you think you have been discriminated against at work, because you are pregnant or have recently given birth.

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work - specific situations

Examples of situations when you might experience discrimination at work, because you are pregnant or have recently given birth, covering sickness absence, miscarriage and health and safety issues.

Discrimination because of something connected to your disability

Explains what to do if you think you have been discriminated against at work, because of something connected to your disability.

Harassment at work

Explains the kinds of unwanted behaviour which count as harassment at work.

Victimisation at work

Explains what is meant by victimisation, when you have raised concerns about discrimination against you, or someone else, at work.