Discrimination and harassment

The public sector equality duty makes it illegal for the council, your landlord or any other service provider to treat you less favourably or harass you because of your sex, racial or ethnic background, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity, or because you are disabled.

Disability discrimination

It's illegal for your landlord, mortgage lender or other service provider to discriminate because you are disabled. This section looks at what you can do if you think this has happened to you.

Harassment if you're disabled

One in five disabled Scots has experienced harassment because of their disability. This page looks at what you can do if you've been harassed because of your disability.

Racial discrimination

Your landlord, council, mortgage lender or other service provider can't discriminate against you because of race, colour, nationality or origins. This is illegal. Check your options.

Racial harassment

Racist harassment can be devastating. Racist incidents are often repeated, and can escalate. This section explains what you can do to tackle it. Find out your rights if you're homeless as a result.

Religious discrimination

It's illegal for landlords, mortgage lenders, councils or other service providers to treat you unfairly because of your religion or beliefs, or because you don't have a particular religion or belief.

Religious harassment

This page explains what religious harassment is and how you can deal with it.

Sex discrimination

It's against the law to be treated unfairly because of your sex. Be sure of your rights and what to do if a landlord, council, lender or other service provider discriminates against you.

Sexual harassment

This page explains what sexual harassment is and how you can deal with it.

Sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination

If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, you may find you are treated less favourably. Check what you can do if you feel you are being discriminated against.

Harassment due to sexual orientation or gender identity

If you are being harassed by your landlord or neighbours because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you may be able to get help from the council or the police, or take legal action.

Discrimination against the Gypsy and Traveller community

Gypsies and Travellers may experience discrimination, from site owners, landlords, councils and other service providers. What you can do if you've been treated unfairly because of your lifestyle.

Discrimination and human rights

Discrimination may also violate your human rights. This page looks at how human rights law can help you if you are experiencing discrimination or harassment.

Non-harassment orders

If someone is harassing you, you may be able to get a non-harassment order to stop them behaving in this way. This page explains how to apply for a non-harassment order.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) works to promote equality and prevent discrimination. This page looks at how the EHRC can help if you are being discriminated against.

Last updated: 3 July 2018

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