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Equality North East


This section of the website is used to catalogue definitions of terms used throughout this website. To select a word, choose the initial letter of the word below.

Glossary Terms beginning with the letter A :

  • ACAS
    Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service: a nation-wide network of Public Enquiry Points which answer queries on employment law and related issues, and can offer a conciliation service in cases of potential discrimination. ACAS equivalent body in Northern Ireland is the Labour Relations Agency.
  • Advent
    The coming or second coming of Christ.
  • Age discrimination
    Occurs when someone is treated unfairly or badly compared to others because of how old they are. This happens because people have unfair, old fashioned, stereotypical or prejudiced ideas or beliefs about older people or young people in particular.
  • Age discrimination - how?
    Age discrimination happens in a more indirect way, where a rule or condition has a greater negative impact on people of a particular age, e.g., stating that an applicant must have 10 years experience would disadvantage young people and unless it was a reasonable requirement for the job would be indirect discrimination.In 2006 there will be legislation covering age discrimination
  • Age Diveristy At Work
    Means employing people of all ages, and not discriminating against someone because of how old they are. The code covers good practice in six areas of employment.
  • Agender
    noting or relating to a person who does not have a specific gender identity or recognizable gender expression
  • Anand Karaj
    The ceremony of joy. This is the marriage ceremony for a Sikh couple and takes place at the gurdwara (temple).
  • Anglicanism
    The Church of England, a reformed and world-wide Christian group, dates from the late sixteenth century. It is a bridge between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
  • Asexual
    Asexual people do not experience sexual attraction to either males or females.
  • Asexual
    A person who does not experience sexual attraction