It's against the law to discriminate against anyone, including a child or young person, because of:

  • age
  • race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins
  • sex
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • religion or belief
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • pregnancy or maternity leave

Some of the places where you are protected from discrimination include:

  • schools and colleges
  • work - check if your problem at work is discrimination
  • shops
  • clubs and pubs
  • hospitals and clinics
  • council services

You are protected against discrimination whether you are buying something or getting it for free. In certain circumstances, there are exceptions to these rules which mean that discrimination is allowed.