Creating a fairer Britain
The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.
A: If your careers advisor makes assumptions based on old fashioned views of men and women's working roles, then you could be being discriminated against on the grounds of your gender particularly if you are being denied opportunities.
This could be termed 'direct discrimination' because you have been treated poorly on the grounds of assumptions about your gender.
Under the Sex discrimination Act, it is against the law for an education establishment or local authority offering careers advice to discriminate against you on the grounds of your gender.
Read more information about sex discrimination and careers advice.
See also questions about pay and employment.
A: Whenever you apply for a job, you will be protected against unfair treatment on the grounds of your race, sexual orientation, gender/ transgender, disability, religion or belief and age.
It is important to remember that you are protected right from the point where a job is advertised, through the recruitment process and whilst you are in employment.
If an employer makes unfair assumptions about what type of work you can do and turns you down for a job or denies you an opportunity at work, this is often known as 'direct discrimination'.
If your employer operates a policy that has the effect of disadvantaging you because of your race, gender, transgender, disability, religion or belief or age, this could amount to what is termed 'indirect discrimination'.
Remember that if you are disabled, your employer has a duty to make 'reasonable adjustments' where a work practice or a physical feature of the workplace puts you at a substantial disadvantage, eg doors that you can't get a wheelchair through.
See the questions on bullying and harassment for the answer.