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Discrimination is treating people unfairly because of who they are and can be because of their race, gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or age.

As stated on the UK Government website it is against the law to discriminate against someone because of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex or sexuality, age, religion or belief or lack of any, disability, being pregnant or having children, being or becoming a transsexual, being married or in a civil partnership.

Discrimination can be direct and obvious such as two people doing the same job but being paid at different rates because of their gender. It can also be indirect e.g. a job advert that asks for very specific things. Both types of discrimination are recognised under UK law. The Equality Act 2010 legally protects you from discrimination.

It is wise to consider if any of the actions you take in your everyday life at work or in school or college could be considered as discriminatory.

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