Discrimination at Work
If you have suffered discrimination at work, call Connaught Law Solicitors and ask to speak with a Work Discrimination Solicitor. Call us 0203 909 8399 or contact us online.
Discrimination at the workplace is unfortunate but it can happen. If you are an employee who has been discriminated against or an employer faced with a discrimination compensation claim, we are here to help you every step of the way.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination is where an employee has been treated unfavourably because of a protected characteristic. The Equality Act  prohibits this.
The Equality Act  sets out the following nine protected characteristics:
- Religion or belief
- Gender Reassignment
- Sexual Orientation
- Marriage or Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity.
Examples of unlawful discrimination in the workplace can include:
- Age discrimination: for example, an elderly employee being selected for redundancy as opposed to a young and less experienced employee
- Maternity discrimination: being dismissing because of pregnancy or poor attendance related to pregnancy
- Unequal pay: being paid less than a colleague based on a protected characteristic for doing the same job
- Unfair rules: for example, allowing one employee to wear a symbol of their religion but not another.
An employee may also bring a discrimination compensation claim where he/she has been bullied or harassed in relation to a protected characteristic.
How is this relevant to you as an employee?
If you feel that you have been discriminated against, our employment specialists are here to help you every step of the way. We will help you understand what your rights and the options available to you from lodging an internal complaint with your employer, to contacting ACAS, gathering evidence, and lodging a claim with the Employment Tribunal.
How is this relevant to you as an employer?
Our employment specialists can advise you on the types of procedures and policies you should have in place to create an equal environment for your employees which should prevent claims being brought against you. Our employment specialists also able to help you deal with complaints and handle claims issued against you right from the very beginning when ACAS has been contacted until either a settlement agreement has been reached or until Employment Tribunal has reached a decision
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