What is discrimination?

Discrimination occurs  when someone is treated unfairly because of who they are or because of a protected characteristic such as age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership or pregnancy and maternity.

Discrimination can be both intentional (‘direct discrimination’) and unintentional (‘indirect discrimination’)

Examples include:

  • Using offensive slurs or name-calling (in person and online). It is discrimination even if considered a joke or ‘banter’.
  • Not inviting a classmate to join in group discussions or social events because they’re ‘different’.

Arranging activities or events that exclude certain groups e.g. those with caring responsibilities or particular religious beliefs. 

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