Discrimination: your rights
2. How you can be discriminated against
Discrimination can come in one of the following forms:
- direct discrimination - treating someone with a protected characteristic less favourably than others
- indirect discrimination - putting rules or arrangements in place that apply to everyone, but that put someone with a protected characteristic at an unfair disadvantage
- harassment - unwanted behaviour linked to a protected characteristic that violates someone’s dignity or creates an offensive environment for them
- victimisation - treating someone unfairly because they’ve complained about discrimination or harassment
It can be lawful to have specific rules or arrangements in place, as long as they can be justified.