Indirect Discrimination

Indirect Discrimination definition

/ɪndɪˈrɛkt//dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/

What does Indirect Discrimination mean?

Indirect discrimination under section 19 of the Equality Act 2010 occurs where a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) is imposed uniformly but with discriminatory consequences.

Indirect Discrimination explained

Indirect discrimination arises when, although the employer treats all workers the same, some aspect of that uniform treatment (the PCP) affects workers that possess a particular protected characteristic (race, sex etc) adversely compared to those who do not. For example, a minimum height stipulation for employees might indirectly discriminate against women. Indirect discrimination will not be unlawful if it can be shown to be justified, ie where the PCP is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

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