What is discrimination? 

Discrimination occurs when an individual or a group of people are treated less favourably than others based on a protected characteristic such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership (in employment), pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex or gender, sexual orientation. 

The Equality Act (2010) sets out three types of unlawful discrimination: direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, and discrimination arising from a disability. 

Direct discrimination 
Direct discrimination occurs when you treat a person less favourably than you treat (or would treat) another person because of a protected characteristic as laid out in The Equality Act (2010): 
  • age,
  • disability, 
  • gender reassignment, 
  • marriage and civil partnership, 
  • pregnancy and maternity, 
  • race, 
  • religion or belief (including lack of belief), 
  • sex, 
  • sexual orientation. 
This could be refusing to give someone a job because of their race or not admitting them on to a course because of their religious beliefs. 

Indirect discrimination 
Indirect discrimination occurs when you apply a provision, criteria or practice in the same way for everyone but this has the effect of putting people sharing a protected characteristic at a particular disadvantage. It doesn’t matter that you did not intend to disadvantage that group.  What does matter is whether your action does or would disadvantage that group in some way. 

Indirect discrimination will occur if the following three conditions are met: 
  • the provision, criterion or practice is applied or would be applied equally to all people, including a particular person or group with a protected characteristic; 
  • the provision, criterion or practice puts or would put people sharing a protected characteristic at a particular disadvantage compared to relevant people who do not share that characteristic; and 
  • the provision, criterion or practice puts or would put the particular person or group at that disadvantage, and it cannot be shown that the provision, criteria or practice is justified as a ‘proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim’.  

Report 

We believe discrimination is Never OK. 
Discrimination hurts individuals and communities, and reporting it allows the University to support you and better understand and deal with what you are being faced with.  
  • Report to the University and get Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from an adviser. If you choose to talk to an adviser they will be able to talk through the options and support available to you, in confidence. 
  • University Procedures. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the University about a student or member of staff there are procedures which set out the steps you'll need to follow. 

Support 

  • Talk to a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help. 
  • Student Life Adviser. An adviser can talk through the University's procedures, how to make a complaint and what support is available, in confidence. 
  • Student Resident Life Team. Whether it is your parish Student Services Resident (SSR) or the Duty SSR, if you are living in UEA residences there is someone to talk to. 
  • The uea(su) Advice Service. A free, confidential, impartial service where an adviser can talk through the procedure, how to complain, what options are available and support you through the process.  
  • Extenuating Circumstances. If you feel your studies have been affected by what has happened you can consider applying for extenuating circumstances. 
For Staff
  • Human Resource Adviser. An adviser can talk through option whether the incident involved another staff member at UEA, a student, or a visitor to campus. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme. This free confidential 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year service is an UEA employee benefit available. Confidential support independent from UEA, with professional consultation, counselling, information, resources and referrals to services in your local area 
Find out what other support is available

Helping Others 

If you are worried about someone else being discriminated against?

If you think someone you know has been discriminated against, there are lots of ways in which you can help them. 
Understanding the behaviours associated with discrimination is a good place to start. Most people will be able to describe what has or is happening to them and how it's making them feel. 
 
You can find more information and advice on the I'm worried about someone else page. 
  
Find out more 
Equality and Human Rights Commision (EHRC) provide further information on unlawful harassment being discriminated against
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