If you're treated unfairly at work

Being victimised

‘Victimisation’ is being treated unfairly because you made or supported a complaint to do with a ‘protected characteristic’, or someone thinks you did.

Protected characteristics under the law are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

For example, your colleague makes a sexual harassment claim against your boss. After you give evidence as a witness to support their claim, your boss starts treating you unfairly.

What you can do

It can be easier to start by talking informally with your employer or someone senior at work to try and resolve the problem.

If you do not feel comfortable doing this, you can raise a formal grievance.

You can also look at your workplace’s policy on discrimination and victimisation, if there is one. This should say how your employer handles discrimination and victimisation complaints.