UNISON campaigns and supports members to make sure everyone is treated fairly and equally at work.
Around 20% of the workforce is disabled and disabled people are often discriminated against at work. UNISON works to change attitudes in society so that people with disabilities are better able to play an equal part in life and at work.
No-one – young or old – should be treated differently at work because of their age. UNISON works to reduce age discrimination in the workplace by changing attitudes and negotiating with employers.
People of every race are entitled to equal rights at work. This section explains how to deal with race discrimination in the workplace and what to do if you are discriminated against.
Sex discrimination may occur when men or women receive unequal pay or benefits, or when one group receives better jobs, better promotion prospects or treatment. UNISON campaigns for fairer pay and conditions for all workers, regardless of their gender.
Religious discrimination in the workplace occurs when a person is treated less favourably than others because of their religion or belief. The Equality Act offers legal protection against religious discrimination. In Northern Ireland this is addressed by Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998 (FETO”).
It is unlawful to treat a person unfavourably at work because of sexual orientation. The most common form of sexual orientation discrimination is harassment, such as prejudiced comments or abuse, exclusion or over-supervision. UNISON works to end discrimination and promote equality for all.
Equality duties deal with eight areas: gender; pregnancy and maternity; disability; race; sexual orientation; gender reassignment; age; religion or belief.
Transgender people can experience discrimination at work because of their gender history or gender expression. UNISON works to end discrimination and promote equality for all.
Many members may face bullying and harassment at work, but everyone is entitled to work in a safe environment, free from intimidation or abuse. Your UNISON rep can help you stop bullying and create a safer workplace.