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Associative Discrimination

Associative discrimination is the legal term that applies when someone is treated unfairly because either someone they know or someone they are associated with has a certain protected characteristic under the Equality Act  2010.

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.