indirect discrimination

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A form of prohibited discrimination on grounds of sex, race, sexual orientation, age, or belief that occurs where a provision, criterion, or practice is applied to everyone, but the result is to put one group at a particular disadvantage. If it cannot be shown that the application of the provision, criterion, or practice is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, there will be indirect discrimination (R v Secretary of State for Employment, ex p EOC [1995] 1 AC 1 (HL); Hardy & Hansons plc v Lax [2005] EWCA Civ 846, [2005] IRLR 726).

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