Discrimination is when someone treats you differently because of who you are in a way that puts you at a disadvantage. BC’s human rights law prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain personal characteristics. They are:
- your race, colour, ancestry, Indigenous identity, or where you’re from
- your religion or political beliefs
- your marital or family status (for example, if you have kids)
- any physical or mental disability
- your sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity
- your age
The law calls these protected grounds. If you experience negative treatment on the basis of one of these protected grounds, it could be discrimination. For example, it’s discrimination if a landlord refuses to rent to you because of your race.
Discrimination can also occur where a policy or practice affects you differently than others because of a protected ground.
For more, see our primer on discrimination.