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Equality & discrimination

Equality and discrimination
Equality and discrimination

You should not receive worse treatment than someone else because you are different. Anti discrimination legislation means that service providers must not discriminate against someone on certain grounds.  You shouldn't be treated differently because of your gender, marital status, religious belief, political opinion, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.

Equality and anti discrimination legislation applies to housing as well as other services. If you feel your housing provider has discriminated against you, get advice from Housing Rights or the Equality Commission.

You could be a victim of direct discrimination, indirect discrimination or disability related discrimination. Sometimes you may be treated in a way that can be reasonably justified although it may seem unfair.

Whether you decide to rent privately or to apply for social housing you should be treated fairly regardless of your background.

Discrimination and equality law sets out certain things that service providers have to do to provide access to their services. This can include providing information about their services in other languages or adapting services and accommodation so that they are suitable for people with disabilities.

The Disability Discrimination Order can protect you from being treated unfairly because of a disability. This can protect you if you’ve been refused assistance or asked to leave your accommodation because of action that’s attributable to a mental health problem.

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