When an employer may make a decision based on age, race or another protected characteristic

Overview

According to the law, discrimination is when someone is treated unfairly because of sex, race, age or any other ‘protected characteristic’.

Protected characteristics are covered by the Equality Act 2010. Find out more about protected characteristics and discrimination law.

In some cases it might be legal for an employer to make a decision that's based on a protected characteristic, if at least one of these points apply:

It's a good idea to get legal advice before making a decision based on a protected characteristic.
When an employer can make a decision based on sex, age or another protected characteristic