TakeNote Definitions

Scroll down to find out how we define discrimination, harassment and wrongdoing. If you need more help, drop us a message in the live chat support.



There are two types of discrimination:

  1. Direct discrimination happens when an organisation treats one person worse than another because of a ‘protected characteristic’. The protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

    Eg: If you are a woman and your employer passes you up for a promotion because they think women are too emotional to be effective managers, this is direct discrimination.

  2. Indirect discrimination happens when an organisation’s policies, even though they apply to everyone, make work harder for people with a protected characteristic.

    E.g: If a store has a blanket policy that all workers need to take one Saturday shift a month, this makes work hard for Jewish workers, since Saturdays are a Jewish religious holiday.



There are two types of harassment:

  1. Sexual harassment happens is unwanted sexual behaviour which makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated or creates a hostile work environment.

    E.g. If your employer makes sexual comments or jokes about you, or makes unwanted sexual advances towards you, this is sexual harassment.

  2. The ‘protected characteristics’ for harassment are: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

    Harassment is behaviour which violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, humiliating or offensive environment for the victim.

    E.g. If a colleague or boss uses a racial slur against you which upsets you or makes you feel unsafe, this is harassment.



Workplace wrongdoing can come in many forms and workers are often the first to spot wrongdoing at their organisation.

Wrongdoing includes illegal, unethical or immoral behaviour, as well as an organisation breaking its own policies, rules and procedures.

E.g. When Volkswagen lied to consumers about how much toxic emissions their cars were producing in order to sell more cars, this was wrongdoing.

Something else?

If you’re not sure that your Note fits under any of the above categories, it’s worth keeping the evidence anyway. File it under ‘Something else’ and the Organise team can help you decide where it fits later down the line.