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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 V :

  • Vicarious Liability
    If an employee commits a discriminatory act, the employer is liable for any compensation that is awarded. This is known as vicarious liability. However, if the employer can show they have taken reasonable steps to prevent discrimination, then the individual employee may be held personally liable.
  • Victimisation
    It is also unlawful to discriminate against someone less favourably than others because they have taken a case of discrimination, or given evidence relating to a case, or alleged that discrimination has occurred.
  • Visible Minorities
    A term used to refer to non-white racial minorities. It is also usually acknowledged that being a member of a visible minority increases the chances of discrimination or racism.
  • Vunerability
    A person may be considered vunerable if in receipt of some form of care, has a physical or mental disability, or is of such an advanced age that he or she would be incapable of protecting him or herself from assault of physical abuse. Readers are advised to check the full definition of vulnerability provided in the CRB Code of Practice.