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Associative Discrimination

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.