What is discrimination?
Below is a brief summary of the six different forms of discrimination of which harassment and sexual harassment are two forms of discrimination.
- Direct discrimination is when someone is disadvantaged by being treated less favourably than someone in a comparable situation, and if this disadvantage is associated with any of the grounds of discrimination.
- Indirect discrimination is when someone is disadvantaged by the application of a provision, criterion or procedure that appears neutral but that may put certain people at a particular disadvantage.
- Inadequate accessibility is when a person with a disability is disadvantaged compared to a person without this disability, through a failure on the part of the organisation to take reasonable measures to address this.
- Instructions to discriminate occur when a person in a position of responsibility gives orders or instructions to discriminate against someone in a way covered in the paragraphs above.
- Sexual harassment