When someone behaves in a way that makes you feel distressed, humiliated or threatened. Harassment based on protected characteristics is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010. It is called bullying if the behaviour is not linked to a protected characteristic. Read more here What counts as a disability? Do I have a disability?

The protected characteristics:

  • age
  • sex
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
Updated: 13th May, 2021
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