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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 B :

    Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee
  • Baptism
    A rite of passage requiring a dip or full emersion in water. Baptised Christians share symbolically in Jesus death and resurrection.
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Literally, the song of the Lord. This revelation is a record of the sermon delivered by Krishna.
  • Bindi
    A red powder spot marked on the forehead of a Hindu (and sometimes a Sikh) woman to indicate that she is married.
  • Brahman
    The supreme and eternal creative force from which other Hindu Gods and Godesses eminate. Braham plays the roles of creator, maintainer and destroyer in his varied incarnations.
  • Bullying (at work)
    Offensive, intimidating, malicious, insulting or humiliating behaviour, abuse of power or authority which attempts to undermine an individual or group of employees to case them to suffer stress. (MSF Union 1994)
  • Burden of proof - Sex Discrimination
    Once an individual has found a comparator and can show that there is an issue of like work or equal value, the burden of proof shifts to the employer to defend the case and show that the reason for the pay difference is not related to sex discrimination.