Indirect discrimination

This occurs when there is an unreasonable rule or policy that is the same for everyone but has an unfair effect on people who have a particular attribute.

For example:

  • Requiring customers to enter a store using three steps is unreasonable for people who use wheelchairs and puts them at a disadvantage.
  • Requiring all students to make a presentation in front of the class is unreasonable for any student who has anxiety and may suffer panic attacks before speaking in front of a lot of people. This can be a disadvantage when there are other ways of assessing a student’s learning progress.