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Discrimination

Includes information on what rights you have not to be discriminated against in places like shops, public transport, health and social care and the legal system. For information on your right not to be treated unfairly in the workplace see Discrimination at work.

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  • Guidance: Equality Act 2010this link opens in a new window

    Here you will find guidance and good practice to help you understand and use forthcoming Equality Act law. Includes guidance for employers, workers, service users and service providers.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Equality Act 2010: What do I need to know? A summary of your rightsthis link opens in a new window

    The Equality Act 2010 simplifies the current laws and puts them all together in one piece of legislation. Also, it makes the law stronger in some areas. So depending on your circumstances, the new Act may protect you more.

    From: Government Equalities Office

  • Easy read guide to the Equality Actthis link opens in a new window

    Easy read information on the new Equality Act.

    From: Government Equalities Office

  • Your rights in health and social carethis link opens in a new window

    Information about your legal rights in health and social care and relevant situations when discrimination may occur. Includes access to services, treatment and support, being treated with respect and what health and social care service providers are expected to do.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Your rights in housing and propertythis link opens in a new window

    Explains your rights to be protected from discrimination in relation to housing and property. Includes renting or selling a property, housing provided by social landlords, homelessness and human rights.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Discrimination in Housingthis link opens in a new window

    You may be able to take action if you have been discriminated against because of your race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age. This web page gives an overview of how the law works.

    From: Shelter

  • Your rights in the criminal justice systemthis link opens in a new window

    Information on what rights you have and what the legal responsibilities are for organisations that are part of the criminal justice system. Includes dealing with the police, the right to a fair trial and prisons and probation.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Your rights in learning and trainingthis link opens in a new window

    Information on making sure you are treated fairly in education or training. It covers pre-school education, schools and colleges, work-based training and adult education or life-long learning.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Your rights in shops and servicesthis link opens in a new window

    Information on your rights not to be discriminated against when using all kinds of services. These include shops, entertainment venues like restaurants and cinemas, hotels, banks and financial services, sports clubs, places of worship and public spaces.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Your transport rightsthis link opens in a new window

    Aims to help you understand your rights not to be discriminated against when using public transport networks throughout England, Wales and Scotland, and when travelling by air to or from Europe.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Young people: know your rights to fair treatment (PDF)this link opens in a new window

    Young women and men may find themselves being treated unfairly because of their gender, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status. Information from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on where to get help.

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Discrimination in prison (PDF)this link opens in a new window

    Information on the right of people in prison not to be treated unfairly because of their race, disability or because they are a woman.

    From: Adviceguide from Citizens Advice

  • Equality and Human Rights Commissionthis link opens in a new window

    From: Equality and Human Rights Commission

  • Hate crimesthis link opens in a new window

    This site contains information about what a hate crime is, if you decide to report it to the police, and provides support to victims of hate crime.

    From: Victim Support

  • Links provided by Advicenow Advicenow is an independent, not-for-profit website providing information on rights and legal issues. Links provided by Advicenow are hand picked from over 200 UK web sites by experienced advisers

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Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act 1998 is an important and wide-ranging law that affects many parts of our lives. Find out what the Act says and how it works.


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Equal opportunities

There are many situations where you could be discriminated against, for example because of your age, or your sex or because you are gay or lesbian. Find out what you can do if you are discriminated against.


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Personal injury

If you are injured because someone was negligent (they did something they shouldn't, or didn't do something they should have done), you may be able to get compensation. Find out what you can do if you've been injured in this way.


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Alternatives to court

Going to court to solve a problem can be expensive, stressful and time-consuming. But there are other ways of dealing with many types of complaint. Find out more.

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