Discrimination & Islamophobia

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:
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation.

The Equality Act protects you from discrimi
nation by:
  • Employers
  • 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.

Hate Crime
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:
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Identity

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.

Contact an organisation about this issue
MWN Helpline is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided and listing any organisation does not imply its endorsement.
You can also Find help using our system below
Find national and local organisations
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Phone:  0300 123 1100
Website:  www.acas.org.uk
Provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.  
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
Website:  www.citizensadvice.org.uk
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.
Equalities and Human Rights Commission
Website:  www.equalityhumanrights.com
Has the mandate from Parliament to challenge discrimination, and to protect and promote human rights. 
Equality Advisory and Support Service
Phone:  0808 800 0082
Website:  www.equalityadvisoryservice.com
The helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.  Can also accept referrals from organisations. 
FARE Network
Phone:  020 7253 6795
Email:  info@farenet.org
Website:  www.farenet.org
The Fare network is an umbrella organisation that brings together individuals, informal groups and organisations driven to combat inequality
in football and use the sport as a means for social change.
Hate Crime Hub
Phone:  01772 209952
Email:  info@hatecrimehub.org.uk
Website:  www.hatecrimehub.org.uk
Supports people affected by Hate Crimes/Incidents and raises awareness of the impact of hate Crimes / incidents and how to report them.
Law Centres Network
Website:  www.lawcentres.org.uk
There are 44 Law Centres across England , Wales and Northern Ireland and they offer legal advice and may be able to take on casework and representation for those who cannot afford a lawyer.
Muslim Womens Network Helpline
Phone:  0800 999 5786
Email:  info@mwnhelpline.co.uk
National helpline for a range of issues including discrimination. 
Stop Hate UK
Phone:   0113 293 5100
Email:   info@stophateuk.org
Website:  www.stophateuk.org
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.
Phone:  0800 456 1226
Website:  www.tellmamauk.org
Service that allows people from across England to report any form of Anti-Muslim abuse.
True Vision
Email:  enquiries@report-it.org.uk
Website:  www.report-it.org.uk
Gives information about hate crime or incidents and how to report them.

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