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Victimisation (defined in Section 27 of the Equality Act 2010) takes place where one person treats another less favourably because he or she has asserted their legal rights in line with the Act or helped someone else to do so.

Victimisation may occur if, for example:

  • A student alleges that they have encountered racism from a tutor, and as a result they are ignored by other staff members.
  • A senior member of staff starts to behave in a hostile manner to another member of staff, who previously supported a colleague, in submitting a formal complaint against the senior manager for sexist behaviour.
  • An employer brands an employee as a ‘troublemaker’ because they raised a lack of job-share opportunities as being potentially discriminatory.