Discrimination comes in many guises, but whatever form it takes can seriously damage your career prospects, and have a negative effect on your self-confidence and how you feel about work. Inevitably, anything that hinders career advancement will also have a knock-on effect on your pay and conditions. If you're unfairly overlooked for promotion at a key stage in your career, it may be hard to make up the ground later on, even if you move companies. Thankfully, in this more enlightened age, incidences of certain types of discrimination are far less common than they were. Nonetheless, it does still exist, and if you find yourself on the receiving end of discriminatory behaviour, as an HR professional there is no excuse for not confronting it head-on.