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Direct Discrimination

Direct Discrimination

Direct discrimination is the legal term that applies if you are treated less favourably than someone else has been treated (or would be treated) because you belong to one of the protected groups.

You can be an employee or even a prospective employee and you need to be less favourably treated because of your race, sex, marital status (including civil partnerships), religion, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, disability, pregnancy or maternity.

This type of discrimination tends to be obvious, for example, a female candidate with the best qualifications and experience does not get an interview, but a male candidate with fewer qualifications does.

Or, if you are already in a job, you are ignored for promotion, the job going to a less qualified male worker.

An employer cannot argue that it was not their intention to discriminate, the law only considers the end effect.

The following types of situations can occur to someone within all of the protected characteristic groups but the following examples are related to the protected characteristic of sex.

This happens when, because of your sex, someone treats you worse than someone of the opposite sex who is in a similar situation.

Sex discrimination could include:

not hiring a woman because the boss thinks she won’t fit into a traditionally male workplace

offering women and men different rates of pay or benefits for the same job

not promoting a woman to a more senior position because it’s assumed the other staff won’t respect her authority

dividing up work tasks based on whether staff are male or female

insisting women wear different clothing at work to men, for example, short skirts

not considering women for a particular role.

Please be very clear, sex discrimination can occur against men just as much as women.

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