Guidance for workers pre-October 2010
Everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work and to be free of discrimination on grounds of age, race, gender, transgender status, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. The law protects you from unequal treatment in employment on any of these grounds regardless of whether you are a full- or part-time employee, in a temporary job, or if you are a freelance or agency worker.If you think you have been treated less favourably than others at work you may be able to take a discrimination case against the employer at an employment tribunal.
Your rights to equality at work before 1 October 2010
- when you apply for a job
- terms and conditions at work
- working hours, flexible working and time off
- pay and benefits
- training, development, promotion, appraisals
- dismissal, redundancy and retirement
Your rights in relation to particular forms of discrimination at work
- employment issues for trans people
- employment issues for disabled people
- sex discrimination at work
- race discrimination
- age discrimination
- discrimination based on sexual orientation
- discrimination based on religion or belief
- Learn about the steps you need to take in bringing a discrimination case
Other employment rights
It is outside the remit of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to provide information on employment rights where there is no connection with age, disability, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status or human rights.
You may have additional rights related to pay, holidays, dismissal, union membership and health and safety arrangements, for example, depending on your employment status, length of service, contractual arrangements and other factors.
You can get advice on these rights from employment lawyers, legal advice centres, trade unions, the citizens’ advice bureau, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, and Directgov.
Last Updated: 04 Jun 2009