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The right to non-discrimination

Fair treatment is a basic right in the EU but discrimination still exists in many forms, and it’s not always easy to identify.

It's illegal to discriminate on the grounds of a person's age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. The more informed you are, the better equipped you’ll be to fight discrimination.


Forms of discrimination: Recognise and react

Direct discrimination happens when a person is treated less well than others because of something that’s not relevant, like their racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. For example: when a shop owner refuses to hire suitably qualified people simply because they are of a certain race or ethnic origin.

Indirect discrimination happens when apparently neutral rules, criteria or practices would disadvantage people on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation unless the practice can be objectively justified by a legitimate aim. For example, a department store that banned its staff from wearing hats when serving customers would effectively stop anyone from working there who covered their heads on religious grounds, like many Muslim women.


Your Rights

Now that you know how to recognise the forms it can take, find out the rights you have in relation to discrimination here.

If you think your right to non-discrimination has been infringed upon, find out how to identify a breach of your rights, and how you can report discrimination.

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