Employers: preventing discrimination

1. Overview

It is against the law to treat someone less favourably than someone else because of a personal characteristic, eg religion, gender or age.

Discrimination can include:

  • not hiring someone
  • selecting a particular person for redundancy
  • paying someone less than another worker without good reason

You can discriminate against someone even if you don’t intend to. For example, you can discriminate indirectly by offering working conditions or rules that disadvantage one group of people more than another.