Direct discrimination examples:
Highlighted below are three examples for each type of direct discrimination:
1. Nicole is making a job application for a company who has a marketing position available. However, there’s a question in the job application form asking if she’s a female between 25 and 35 and whether she is likely to have children. In this case, This is ordinary direct discrimination as sex, pregnancy, and maternity are protected characteristics.
2. Sarah has a close friend who has recently come out as gay. After some of Sarah’s work friends found out about the news, they stopped inviting her to social events. In this circumstance, Sarah is facing direct discrimination by association as sexual orientation is a protected characteristic.
3. Christian is rejected for a promotion that requires him to work on Sundays. Because of Christian’s name, his employer assumes that he is religious and unable to work on Sundays as it’s a holy day. In this situation, Christian is facing direct discrimination by perception (Christian isn’t a Christian).