Unions can help you to fight discrimination.
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Discrimination is when someone is not treated as fairly as someone else in a similar situation.
If you have what it takes to do the job, your employer has to give you the opportunity to show your worth, regardless of your:
And regardless of whether you:
Asking for particular information, such as marital status, childcare responsibilities or religion during an interview is illegal.
Direct discrimination is treating someone unequally (or unfairly) simply because they belong to a particular group or category of people. For example, you answer a job advertisement for a receptionist. You’re told over the phone that because you’re a man, you’d be wasting your time.
Indirect discrimination results when a requirement, rule, policy, practice or procedure which appears to treat everyone the same is applied, and it has an unfair effect on particular individuals or groups of people. For example, a job advertisement says that all applicants must have ten years experience in the field. (A young person could be well qualified but is ineligible for the job.)