Your rights - equality and job seeking

The Equality Act 2010 states that the following characteristics are protected characteristics within the law: age, disability, gender reassignment/identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Within employment this means that you should not be discriminated against because you belong to one or more of these protected characteristics.

If you have any worries or concerns about the impact your protected characteristics may have on your job applications or employment, you can book an appointment with one of our careers consultants. They will provide you with support with your career choice, job hunting and job applications.


Useful contacts and resources:

  • ACS Project  - a project focused on the development of African Caribbean Societies (ACS) and their members. They run events throughout the academic year to connect exceptional black students with employers, develop the leadership abilities of ACS presidents and allow communication and collaboration among ACS members.

  • Black Enterprise - Black Enterprise is a website that aims to promote awareness of black and minority ethnic businesses.
  • Disability Law Service - Disability Law Service is able to provide our service users with advice and assistance with matters relating to problems at work.
  • Disability Rights UK - A series of career-related factsheets.
  • Graduate Prospects - Graduate Careers Website.
  • Institute of Race Relations - The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) seeks to reflect the experiences of those who suffer racial oppression and draws its perspectives from the most vulnerable in society. It publishes a variety of newsletters, such as the quarterly Race and Class and the European Race Bulletin.
  • National Career Service – Specific advice for disabled students.
  • The Diversity Group – Information, advice and guidance on diversity within employment, education and training.
  • Guardian LGBT jobs site – Jobs site.
  • Gay Business Association - For business start-up support. 
  • GOV.UK - Discrimination: Your rights  - Includes information about sexual orientation rights.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - The equal rights watchdog.
  • Proud Employers - Jobs site.
  • Race for Opportunity - Race for Opportunity is a charity that produces information and handouts for any member of the public. They recently published a document called “Managing the new Legislation on Religion and Belief” which discusses the 2003 legislation for both employers and employees.
  • Smaart Talent - This career magazine aimed at black and minority ethnic students is useful for information on careers in different sectors, as well as advice on different universities, courses and further study.
  • Stonewall, including Sexual Orientation - Employment law guidance and ‘Starting Out Guide 2014/15’. 
  • TargetJobs - Equality and Diversity Specialists from AGCAS give information and advice on the issues surrounding equality in the workplace and your rights. You'll find out how to identify diversity positive employers.
  • Vercida - This website is powered by Diversity Jobs and hosts a range of academic research, statistics, and articles on Diversity & Inclusion.
  • The Windsor Fellowship - The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a unique organisation that runs personal development and training programmes targeting talented Black and Asian students in the UK.
  • University of Westminster Career Development Centre's comprehensive Diversity Guide for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students. 
  • United Response - United Response is a national charity that helps people with learning disabilitiesmental health needs and physical disabilities take control of their lives.
  • 2 Ticks Symbol - Explanation of the 2 Ticks employers symbol.
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