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Guide to: Discrimination in the Workplace

We all deserve to be treated fairly at work and be in an environment where we can feel respected, valued, and make the most of our hard work and talents. Unfortunately, many working people in the UK still face prejudice and discrimination in the workplace.

Tue 8th December 2020 The PDA

In response to enquiries from PDA members, we have developed a discrimination guide to give pharmacists a general overview of their rights at work. It is important to note, however, that this document is a guide, and should not be taken as legal or financial advice.


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You are legally protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010 if you live in England, Scotland or Wales. You are protected whether you are permanent, full-time, part-time or a locum. In Northern Ireland, you are protected from discrimination under the Northern Ireland Act 1998. More information about discrimination in Northern Ireland can be found here.

PDA members should note that discrimination matters have a strict deadline of three months, less one day from the last act of discrimination or the last in a series of acts.

Mark Pitt, Director of Defence Services at the PDA, said: “If a member feels that they have been discriminated against because of their race, or any other protected characteristic, then it is important to take advice from the PDA legal team as soon as possible, there are strict time limits for these types of matters.”

All discrimination claims are complicated and so you should contact the PDA as soon as you believe that you are suffering discrimination of any kind.

You can contact the PDA team by calling our advice helpline on 0121 694 7000 or by emailing us at:

If you are not yet a member of the PDA and would like support, join the PDA at:

This guide offers a general overview of your rights but should not be taken as legal or financial advice. Discrimination law is complex, and every case is different. Contact the PDA for further detailed information.


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