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Any public service, including the police, is forbidden by law from acting in a way that discriminates against people because of certain “protected characteristics”.

The following characteristics are protected by law under Equality Act 2010:

  • age;
  • disability;
  • gender reassignment;
  • marriage and civil partnership;
  • pregnancy and maternity;
  • race;
  • religion or belief;
  • sex;
  • sexual orientation.

There are different ways in which a public service can be said to have discriminated. Sometimes the discrimination is obvious, sometimes it is just that the effect of what they have done is discriminatory. Sometimes it is deliberate, sometimes they will not even have realised that what they have done is discriminatory. Sometimes, it is more a case of what they have NOT done that makes it discrimination. In any of these scenarios though, if you have been discriminated against, you will know, because you will feel it. You may have a case for discrimination. If you think you do please note that you should speak to a lawyer about it IMMEDIATELY. There is a 6 month time limit in discrimination cases for you to bring your case to court.