Do you feel you have been discriminated against in the workplace?

The Equality Act 2010 is the basis of discrimination law in the UK. The Act states that it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee on any of the following grounds:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are known as protected characteristics.

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Discrimination can be direct (treating an employee differently because they have a protected characteristic) or indirect (implementing a policy for all employees which affects one employee differently because of their protected characteristic). It is also unlawful to victimise an employee because they have complained about discrimination, and to harass an employee.

There is no qualifying period of employment required to bring a claim against an employer for discrimination.

The law around discrimination in the workplace is changing constantly as new cases expand the definition of discriminatory behaviour and the parameters of the protected characteristics.

As an employer, you should have an Equality and Diversity policy in place and should regularly review internal procedures to ensure that they are not discriminatory. Our team of solicitors can assist with drafting and reviewing policies and procedures, as well as helping you to defend any claim brought against you.

If you are an employee and believe you have been discriminated against in the workplace, our Employment team can assess your case and advise as to the best way forward.

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