Equality & Discrimination

Our highly respected human rights practice routinely protects clients’ rights who have been discriminated against. You may be discriminated against because of a protected characteristic such as religious belief, racial group, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.

Your rights should always be protected through all sections of society such as when you are in the workplace, when you use public services, when you use businesses, when you use transport and when you have contact with public bodies like your local council or government departments.

There are four main types of discrimination which you may experience. Direct discrimination – such as when someone treats you less favourably than another person because of a protected characteristic. Indirect discrimination – such as when an organisation puts a rule or a policy or a way of doing things in place which has a more detrimental impact on someone with a protected characteristic than someone without one. Harassment – such as when someone treats you in a way that violates your dignity, or creates a hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. Victimisation – such as when someone treats you unfairly because you are taking legal action or you are supporting someone else who is doing so.