Discrimination Discrimination is what happens when you are treated unfairly or unequally based on certain characteristics. It is against the law to discriminate under the Equality Act 2010. According to this Act, there are nine protected characteristics, which are:
Marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
Pregnancy and maternity
Religion or belief
The Equality Act protects you from discrimination by:
Businesses and organisations which provide goods or services (e.g. banks, shops etc)
Health and care providers like hospitals and care homes
Someone you rent or buy a property from like housing associations and estate agents
Schools, colleges and other education providers
Transport services like buses, trains and taxis
Public bodies like government departments and local authorities
If you think you've been affected by discrimination, you can call a helpline called the Equality Advisory Support Service on 0808 800 0082 (www.equalityadvisoryservice.com)
You can call the helpline directly, or ask another advice organisation to them on your behalf. The helpline can provide advice and information on discrimination in employment, housing, education, transport and cases where you may have been discriminated against when using or buying goods and services. They can explain what the law says and how it applies to you, how to resolve issue the issue and support you through the process. However, they do not give legal advice. Further information is also contained in the information booklet that can be downloaded from this page.
Although hate crime is a type of discrimination, it i involves acts of hostility because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. The hostility is motivated by prejudice based on one of the following:
When Muslims are subjected to hostility, it is sometimes referred to as Islamophobia. Some police forces are also now recording misogyny as a hate crime towards women. Examples of hostility that amount to a hate crime include: physical abuse, threats, verbal abuse, written or printed abuse, damage to property and harassment. It is important to report any form of hate crime even if you do not wish to pursue the case or are unable to because you cannot identify the perpetrator. If you do not report to the police, it is important to make a report to charities that collect such information to ensure that statistics provide a measure of how bad the problem is.
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Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Provides general advice on discrimination matters and offers a face to face service if you need to speak to someone directly. They are able to recommend how you should proceed and suggest where to go for further help if needed.
One of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individualís identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.