Dealing with Discrimination
What is discrimination? It is where someone is made to feel
unwelcome, is unfairly treated or is not given the same rights as
other people because of factors that are outside their control.
These include age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, income,
religion and ethnicity among others.
This section will highlight some of the issues and look at how
Jersey deals with them in comparison to the UK.
Coping with Bullying
Bullying isn't just about being physically hurt, it can also be
about name-calling, or even being ignored.
Sometimes bullying stops after a short time, but often you need
to get help.
Your school or college should have an anti-bullying policy and
if you tell a teacher they can use this to try to stop the bullying
from carrying on.
Remember...if you are being bullied, it's not your
Try to get some support from people that you trust, perhaps
friends, family, carers, teachers or youth workers.
You can also contact:
Childline ~ Tel: 0800 1111 (free fone 24 hrs) or
visit their website
Kidscape ~ Tel: 08451 205204 (helpline for
carers/parents) or visit their website
This means that everyone should be treated the same, that
everyone has the same rights and opportunites.
Unlike the rest of the UK and the rest of Europe, jersey does
not protect these rights with the law. Legislation is due to be in
place withint he next few years.
The Human Rights Law, which was passed in
November 2006, also protects some of these rights.
The States of Jersey are intending to bring in laws to deal with
discrimination in the near future.
Instead Jersey uses "best practice" which is a voluntary set of
rules, normally used in organisations to help employers and
Many companies in Jersey, with head offices in the UK will have
UK codes of conduct to follow.
See Equal Opportunites Commission website for further information.
If you feel that people are discriminating against you because
of your age please see the contact ath the end of this section for
help in dealing with the issue.
Discrimination against Disabled People
There is no Disability Law in Jersey. Jersey is not seen as
being oversensitive to the needs of disabled people.
However it has a huge range of charities committed to help
people with various disabilites and some of these offer tremendous
support for both disabled people and their carers. See Association
of Jersey Charities for a full list.
Disability Rights Commission is a goodwebsite to see how things are done in
JEND (Jersey Employers' Network on Disability)
is an organisation which helps employers access potential employees
who have a disability. They can be contacted on Tel:
(01534) 449272 or go to the JEND
JET (Jersey Employment Trust) is there to
assist people with a disability in preparing, finding and
maintaining employment in Jersey. They can be contacted on
Tel: (01534) 788900 or go to the JET
This is when someone is discriminated against because of skin
colour, race, nationality, citizenship or ethnic group. It can be
something as seemingly harmless as a dig at someone's nationality
as a 'joke' but if that person is offended then the joke is not
It is against the law in the UK and Europe, but there is no
law in Jersey that protects against discrimination.
Employers are however, asked to adopt a voluntary code, that any
discrimination should not be tolerated and people's
backgrounds will not affect their opportunities in the workplace or
indeed whether they are hired.
Laws will shortly be passed in Jersey that will outlaw some of
the discrimination that can occur such as name-calling. Commission
for racial equality website has more information.
This is where you are discriminated against because of your
gender. it is normally linked to financial renumeration for the
same work or can occur where people advertise for a particular sex
for work, i.e. female bar staff wanted is not allowed in the UK as
there is no lawful reason why men and women can't serve in a bar
There are no laws to stop this in Jersey.
For more information on discrimination matters contact:
JACS (Jersey Advisory & Conciliation Service) ~ Tel:
(01534) 730503 or go to JACS website
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for
work related issues.
or the Community Relations Trust ~ email: community email@example.com
European Convention on Human Rights
The European Court of Human Rights:
This court is not connected to Government, and is totally
independent of any political parties. Jersey is not part of the
You can however take the States or any public authority to the
European Court of Human Rights
The Jersey Human Rights law was passed in
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the