Associative Discrimination refers to discrimination based on an individual's association with another person belonging to a relevant protected group. The relevant protected groups are Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.
Associative discrimination could occur if:
- A student, whose child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is refused access to a graduation ceremony because of fears about the child's behaviour.
- An employee is overlooked for promotion because they care for an elderly relative.