Direct Discrimination - what is direct discrimination?

Where an employee or prospective employee is less favourably treated because of their race, sex, marital status (including civil partnerships), religion, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, disability, pregnancy or maternity.

This tends to be obvious discrimination, for example, a female candidate with the best qualifications and experience does not get an interview, but a male candidate with fewer qualifications does.

Or, if she is already in a job, she is ignored for promotion, the job going to a less qualified male worker.

An employer cannot argue that it was not their intention to discriminate, the law only considers the end effect.

Indirect Discrimination - what is indirect discrimination?

Employment Law