Discrimination at work

Discrimination at work occurs if you are treated unfairly in the course of your employment because of a protected characteristic, such as your age, race, sex or disability (among others). You are also protected from being sexually harassed at work and are subject to strict protections if you are pregnant or on maternity leave. You can find out in our guides what your rights are and what you can do if you believe that you have been discriminated against by your employer or your colleagues.

Protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010

There are nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010:

  1. Sex
  2. Age
  3. Race
  4. Disability
  5. Sexual orientation
  6. Gender orientation
  7. Pregnancy and maternity
  8. Marriage or civil partnership
  9. Religious or philosophical belief

Types of discrimination

Our guide explains that you can't be discriminated against because you are pregnant or have taken or are taking maternity. It covers rights that women who are pregnant or are on maternity leave have, including the right to go off sick with a pregnancy-related illness, your right to pay and other terms and conditions, and other rights. It also includes a guide to what action you can potentially take if you believe that you are being discriminated against because you are pregnant or on maternity leave.
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