If you discriminate against your employee on any of the following grounds (known as 'protected characteristics'), you may be acting unlawfully:
Discrimination can occur in an employment context:
Also, men and women have the right to equal pay for equal work within the same employment.
There are guidelines and regulations for workplace discrimination that deal with age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, sex, sexual orientation and/or religion or belief. The rights of the employee and the responsibility of the employer are covered in this section.
See The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service's (Acas)for more information on equality and discrimination.