This page will identify different types of discrimination and list sources of help for further reading.
If you are disabled or you have a disability, the Equality Act protects you from discrimination in areas which include:
- access to goods, services and facilities
- buying and renting land or property.
‘substantial’ is more than minor or trivial e.g. it takes much longer than it usually would to complete a daily task like getting dressed
‘long-term’ means 12 months or more e.g. a breathing condition that develops as a result of a lung infection.
Phone 0800 444 205
Textphone 0800 444 206
The Equality and Human Rights Commission ran a campaign to improve disabled people's access to buildings and services and publicised new laws of access that came into force in October 2004.
Should you wish accurate and up–to-date information on Employment and Disability pertaining to sick leave, sick pay, redundancy, pensions, health and safety, discipline and dismissal then please go to http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/ or www.gov.uk
This occurs when one person or a group of people's behaviour towards another causes offence. It could also be referred to as bullying. This behavior may take the form of inappropriate stories, jokes etc which are intended to embarrass the individual. Also inappropriate touch, suggestions or demands for sexual favours whether the individual be a man or a woman. Employers can be liable for this behaviour if it comes to light. A claim for harassment could be made under the Sex Discrimination Act, Race Relations Act or the Disability Discrimination Act.
More information on equality strategies and legislation can be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk
An individual may state that they have been victimised if they have suffered unfavorable treatment because they have in good faith taken part in a 'protected activity' under one of the discrimination acts. An example is giving evidence in connection with a discrimination claim brought by another person.
Under the Race Discrimination Act it is unlawful in employment to discriminate, either directly or indirectly, on the grounds of race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin.
More information on this and on The Equality Act which came into force in October 2010 can be found by contacting the Equalities Advisory Support Service on 0800 444 205 or www.equalityhumanrights.com
Use the contacts below for help or to find out more information. Alternatively, if you need someone to talk to about how you're feeling, call Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 between 6pm and 2am or 24hrs at the weekend (Fri 6pm to Mon 6am). Remember your call is confidential and free.
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/scotland/
- The Advisory, Concilliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) www.acas.org.uk