Discrimination at work happens when an employer, manager or co-worker takes adverse actions against an employee because of their personal characteristics, such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, marital status, pregnancy and family responsibilities, political opinion or sexuality.
Adverse actions include dismissing or injuring an employee; altering an employee’s position to their detriment; discriminating between one employee and other employees; or refusing to employ a prospective employee. All of these are unlawful if they are done for discriminatory reasons.
Discrimination happens when a person, or a group of people, is treated less favourably than another person or group because of their background or certain personal characteristics.
This module presents the three types of discrimination: Direct, Indirect and Victimisation and provides the actions employees can take, and where to seek advice, if they feel that they are being discriminated against at while at work.