Employment law provides protection for workers against discrimination at work on the grounds of sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, race, disability and the membership or non-membership of a trade union. The legislation is aimed at achieving equality in the workplace by eliminating less favourable treatment on these grounds.

Discrimination because of a person’s age is treated differently from other types of discrimination because the law permits employers to discriminate because of a person’s age in a wider range of situations, if the employer can show that what it has done is justified.

Discrimination is a complex area of the law, and can sometimes be hard to prove without the support of experienced union reps and officers who know their way around the issues.

If you think you’re being discriminated against, in the first instance contact your union rep or the UNISON branch office.