Discrimination at work

Explains what laws protect you from discrimination at work, what you can do if you are discriminated against, and where you can get support and advice. Applies to England and Wales.

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About discrimination at work

When am I protected from discrimination at work?

The Equality Act provides protection when you are:

  • applying for a job
  • at work
  • dismissed (including being made redundant)
  • a former employee or worker in certain circumstances

It can protect you if you are:

  • an employee
  • an apprentice 
  • a contract worker

but it does not protect you if you are:

  • a volunteer

Do I have a disability?

To get protection under the Equality Act, you need to show that your mental health problem is a disability. 'Disability' has a special legal meaning under the Equality Act, and can include mental health problems: find out more on our disability discrimination information page.


This information was published in September 2016. We will revise it in 2018.

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