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There are many ways and situations in which you could experience discrimination.

Discrimination relates to being treated differently and worse than other people because of one of the 'protected characteristics' listed below.

  • AgeDisability
  • Gender
  • Marriage/civil partnership
  • Race
  • Religion or beliefs
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Pregnancy/maternity

It is possible to be discriminated against because of: who you are, of someone else, what someone thinks about you, or because you complained about discrimination or stood up for your rights.

Discrimination can be categorised many different ways but the main ones are:

  • Direct discrimination- an organisation treats you differently and worse than someone else because of who you are in relation to the 'protected characteristics'.
  • Indirect discrimination- an organisation has a policy or practice which applies to everyone, but it negatively affects you due to who you are in relation to the 'protected characteristics'.
  • Pregnancy/maternity discrimination- unfavourable treatment due to being pregnant, breastfeeding or you have given birth less than 26 weeks ago.

What to do about discrimination.

Usually, the best way to try and resolve discrimination issues is to take an informal approach first of all. However, there are time limits which you must be aware of if you want to take legal action. You must first decide what you want to achieve, whether that is an apology, financial compensation or things just put right.

The Citizens Advice Bureau  has more information on the above processes as well as facts you must establish and discrimination in general. 

If you feel you are being discriminated against and would like to talk to someone for confidential emotional support you can email or call our team on 0800 6300 443 or if you would rather use Live Chat from this link.

Racing Welfare can provide a range of support from a listening ear to a referral with a local Welfare Officer or professional Counsellor.  We can also arrange telephone counselling if you would prefer.

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