Organisations that have a positive and inclusive approach towards their employees can reap many benefits. These benefits include the ability to tap into different perspectives and skills which can boost innovation and performance.

For example, at the CIPD, we are committed to the removal of age discrimination in organisations. Our research demonstrates that age-diverse teams can benefit both employees and their organisations.

Explore our range of resources addressing discrimination in the workplace, including factsheets and case law cases.


Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

Four Factsheets about Discrimination
Sex discrimination and employment
Explore the main issues employers face when dealing with sex discrimination in the workplace.
For Members
Race and employment
Explore the main issues employers face when dealing with race discrimination in the workplace
For Members
Sexual orientation, gender identity, gender reassignment and employment
Explore the CIPD’s point of view on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender reassignment, including actions for Government and recommendations for employers
For Members
Religion, belief and employment
Explore the main issues employers face when dealing with religious discrimination in the workplace.
For Members


Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

Three Reports about Discrimination
Race inclusion report: Talking about race at work
We look at the need to talk about race at work and the barriers and facilitators of these conversations 
Race inclusion report: Equality of career progression
We look at factors which could be enablers or barriers to progression in the workplace 
Race inclusion report: Encouraging ethnicity data disclosure
We look at the importance of collecting ethnicity data to identify under-representation in the workplace 

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

Three Thought leadership about Discrimination
Thought leadership
Gender recognition: a complex and controversial issue
Ben Willmott gives an overview of the ongoing debate being had around proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act
Thought leadership
Would a ban on NDAs help prevent harassment?
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Rachel Suff tackles the nuances of non-disclosure agreements after numerous calls for them to be banned
Thought leadership
Tackling racial disadvantages and discrimination in the workplace
The UK Prime Minister’s challenge to society to ‘explain or change’ ethnic disparities has put the topic of race in the spotlight. Claire McCartney recommends actions employers can take to address ethnic disparities in their organisations


Listen to episodes from our podcast series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues.

One Podcast about Discrimination
Challenging systemic racism at work
Episode 161: How does racism express itself in the modern workplace and what must organisations do to address systemic racism, to create truly fair and inclusive workplaces?


Webinar recordings providing expert guidance

One Webinar about Discrimination
Building anti-racist and compassionate workplaces
Black HR professionals share their lived experiences and talk about the change that is needed to combat workplace racism.

Bitesize research

Your regular overview of current research, inspiring insights and cutting-edge ideas in bitesize

Five Bitesize research about Discrimination
Bitesize research
Keeping intuition in check
How can we recognise intuitive decision-making in hiring practices?
For Members
Bitesize research
Stop talkin’ ’bout generations
Why we can and must stop conflating generations with age and culture
For Members
Bitesize research
What actually works in reducing workplace prejudice?
A systematic review summarises the best available evidence on building diverse and inclusive organisations
For Members
Bitesize research
Against the odds?
How do we identify our own social class and its impact on our success?
For Members
Bitesize research
Revealing the ‘gender punishment gap’
Find out what the research revealed
For Members

CIPD Viewpoints

Our collected point of view on the key issues impacting work, from the perspective of employers and policy makers.

Two CIPD Viewpoints about Discrimination
CIPD Viewpoint
Religion and belief
Explore the CIPD’s point of view on religion and belief, including actions for Government and recommendations for employers
CIPD Viewpoint
Race inclusion in the workplace
Explore the CIPD’s point of view on race inclusion in the workplace, including recommendations for employers

Policy engagements

Our calls for action.

One Policy engagement about Discrimination
Policy engagement
Employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK
Read the CIPD's response to the Women and Equality Select Committee Inquiry


We offer a range of evidence-based courses tauilored to suit you and your needs.
Our Essential Insights courses are free as part of the CIPD membership.

Inclusion and Diversity Introductory Programme

This thought-provoking course has been developed by Sukh Pabial, one of CIPD’s experienced Associates. People practitioners and professionals will learn how to approach and build an evidence-based organisational strategy for inclusion and diversity. Transferring their learning into day-to-day work, they will play a role in driving action for workplace behaviours that support and reinforce I&D standards.

Fundamentals of Employment Law

Gain the fundamentals of employment law so you can confidently handle common employment issues that arise on a day-to-day basis.

HR in Practise

Build your confidence by learning the fundamentals of HR and discover the importance of UK employment law, including contractual and HR policy issues.

Employment Law Practitioner

Develop the skillset to become an employment law practitioner by learning the techniques to resolve workplace legal issues that arise during the employment journey, through a legal and compliant lens.

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