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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What if I work for a public authority?

If you work for a public authority and you think they have discriminated against you:

  • You might be able to complain that they have not followed the public sector equality duty.
  • You might also be able to complain that they haven't followed their duties under the Human Rights Act.

Public sector equality duty

Public sector employers (like NHS hospitals, government departments, local authorities or the police) have a special duty to eliminate discrimination, called the public sector equality duty. To find out more, see our information on disability discrimination.

If you have a public sector employer, think about whether they have followed their public sector equality duty.

Human rights and public sector employers

Public sector employers must also respect your human rights, and follow the Human Rights Act 1998: see our information on the Human Rights Act 1998.


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

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