You must be treated fairly and equally in all areas of employment, including the recruitment and selection process. If you are turned down for a job because of any one of the protected characteristics, then you could be eligible to claim compensation.

You are legally protected from discrimination by the Equality Act (2010, which states that it is illegal to treat you unfairly because of any of the following, which are known as protected characteristics:

• Age
• Disability
• Race
• Sex
• Sexual orientation
• Gender reassignment
• Religion / belief
• Marriage / civil partnership
• Maternity / pregnancy

While employed, you must be fairly treated in terms of the pay you receive, the range of training and promotion opportunities offered to you, the redundancy selection process, the dismissal procedure and the terms and conditions you are offered.

You must not be subjected to victimisation or harassment and your employer should have an Equal Opportunities policy in place that makes it clear that discrimination is not permitted.

Vicarious liability
Where your employer either allows or does not take adequate steps to prevent discrimination, they can be held liable for the acts of discrimination carried out by one or more of their employees.

If you feel that you are being discriminated against at work, you should complain to your employer first. If that does not resolve the situation, you should speak to an employment law specialist.

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