Disability discrimination

A general guide on how you are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act and what your rights are.

Discrimination and human rights

In addition to following the Equality Act, all public authorities have a legal duty to respect your human rights. This includes not discriminating against you, which is protected in UK law through the Human Rights Act 1998.

Individuals and private companies do not have to follow the Human Rights Act, so you can’t bring human rights claims against individual people or private companies.

See our information on the Human Rights Act 1998.

This information was published in August 2019. We will revise it in 2021.

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