An employer must not treat a person less favourably because it thinks, incorrectly, that the employee has a ‘protected characteristic‘. This is a type of direct discrimination.
For example, in the situation where an employer does not offer a vacancy to the most suitable candidate because in interview they take the view incorrectly that the person is gay, then this is direct discrimination because of sexual orientation.
Discrimination also takes the form of:
- direct discrimination
- associative discrimination
- indirect discrimination
- disability discrimination
- a failure to make reasonable adjustments
For information about the protected characteristics and business best practice, return to the discrimination page.
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