HR Terminology Discrimination

Complygate has put together a complete list of key HR terms, phrases, acronyms and jargon to assist HR professionals in navigating the extensive, ever-growing HR terminology. We would like to encourage you to read, share and make use of this terminology collection. If you have any suggestions of terms or keywords we have missed, please contact us and we will include them in our next update.

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What is discrimination?

  • Discrimination is the prejudicial or unfair treatment of people and different groups of people based on characteristics, like age, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation.

It is illegal to discriminate against a person, the reasons are any of the following:

  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Being married or in a civil partnership
  • Being pregnant or on a maternity leave
  • Disability

Legally you are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act.

Protected from discrimination:

  • In education
  • At work
  • Using public services
  • As a consumer
  • Buying or renting a property
  • A guest or as a member of an association or a private club.
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