How to identify and prevent harassment?

2. Identifying discrimination

Discrimination refers to treating an individual worse than other people because of one or several personal characteristics. These characteristics include gender, age, ethnic or national origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, disability, health and sexual orientation. In Finland, discrimination is prohibited by the Constitution and the Non-Discrimination Act, for instance. However, please note that placing people into different positions based on a personal characteristic does not always constitute discrimination. Similarly, all inappropriate treatment is not necessarily discrimination. More information on identifying discrimination is available on the website of the non-discrimination ombudsman.