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How to ask questions about discrimination you are facing at work

The questionnaire procedure is useful for collecting information either to prove your case to the Employment Tribunal, or show your Employer that your case is so strong that they have to settle. Preparation is key, and by using the information, templates and tactics in this guide, you will be prepared to raise your grievance or pursue a discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.


ACAS has provided a way for you to ask your employer questions about discrimination you are facing at work.

In direct discrimination, your Employer will try to persuade the Employment Tribunal that your protected characteristic was just a factor in the treatment, you are complaining of. To win, your Employer must prove that your protected characteristic was not the main reason, for their discriminatory actions, and that it just had a significant influence on the outcome. In indirect discrimination, your Employer will seek to justify their actions by saying that what they did was a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”.

You can collect information through the ACAS questions procedure, to prove your Employer wrong. This Guide helps you to use the ACAS Discrimination Questions Procedure to ask questions about discrimination and collect evidence to help with your grievance or Employment Tribunal claim.

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