Discrimination happens when individuals or groups of individuals receive unjust or prejudicial treatment based a protected characteristic.
There are 9 protected characteristics. These are:
- Gender reassignment
- Being married or in a civil partnership
- Being pregnant or on maternity leave
- Race, including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
You are protected against discrimination whilst at work, in education, as a consumer, when using public services, when buying or renting property, or as a member or guest of a private club or association. This means that if you feel that you or someone you know has experienced discrimination at Canterbury Christ Church University, whilst studying, working or visiting, you can report it to us for action.
You’re legally protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010.
You’re also protected from discrimination if:
- You’re associated with someone who has a protected characteristic, for example a family member or friend
- You’ve complained about discrimination or supported someone else’s claim
Discrimination can, in some instances, lead to hate crimes or incidents. Find out more about hate crimes or incidents and how to report them here.