At work - informal action

Try to sort out your problem informally

Before launching into a claim against your employer, think about whether you can resolve your differences informally. Poor communication may lead to misunderstandings rather than deliberate discrimination.

If you decide to raise your concerns with your employer, it is often best to start by challenging discriminatory behaviour in a non-confrontational way to avoid conflict and a deterioration of the working relationship.

If you have a human resources department speak to a HR manager you can trust about what to do. Your HR manager should also be able to advise you about making a formal complaint if that is what you decide to do.

Be aware that if you tell your employer, whether your manager or HR, that you think you are being discriminated against they may well be angry, upset and defensive. It could lead to a deterioration of the working relationship which might be more stressful for you. You should consider the consequences of doing this.

Check your employer's policies

It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with your employer’s policies on matters such as equality and diversity, dignity at work, and religious observance as well as looking at your company’s grievance procedures.