The word discrimination comes from the Latin "discriminare", which means to "distinguish between"
The law sets out the ways in which your employer (or the organization that has you on site as a contract worker) must not discriminate. You have these rights when you apply for a job, while you are employed and after you leave. The law says that discrimination should not take place: •
When jobs are advertised or potential staff are sought
At the recruitment stage, including during job interviews •
During the job, by being given less favorable work related benefits, services or facilities •
or by being harassed at work or having to suffer being in a hostile or intimidating environment at work •
After you have left the job, perhaps in connection with disciplinary appeals or asking for references •
Some discrimination is very obvious – for example, if offensive things are said to you at work (or at a work function) that refer to your race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, etc. In some areas of discrimination law it will be called harassment. (Harassment means that your dignity has been violated by these remarks, or that the remarks have had the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or degrading atmosphere at work.) Workplace Discriminations
Saying that you don’t like working with gays in case you `catch something` - this would be harassment based on sexual orientation. •
Making remarks to women about their sexual lives – this would be a detriment based on sex (gender). •
Making negative remarks about their lack of mobility to someone who is in a wheelchair – this would be a detriment based on disability. •
Making so-called jokes about a person’s skin colour - this would be a detriment based on colour. •
Promoting men and not women where both had the same experience or qualifications (sex discrimination). •
Appointing a non-disabled person for a job, instead of a disabled person who was better...
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