Every individual deserves to feel comfortable and accepted in their workplace. If you feel you are being treated differently due to a particular characteristic, you may be facing employment discrimination.
Our team of employment discrimination solicitors may be able to support you with bringing a discrimination claim. Call us free today on 0808 164 0808.
Preventing discrimination at work
The Equality Act 2010 seeks to prevent discrimination in the workplace. It sets out nine ‘protected characteristics’, making it illegal for you to be discriminated against on the basis of your:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage or Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
The Equality Act 2010 and surrounding laws protect employees against discrimination before they commence work, during their employment, and on termination of their employment. The following areas of employment are safeguarded against discrimination:
- Employment terms and conditions
- Pay and benefits
- Promotion and transfer opportunities
If you or someone you know has faced discrimination in the context of any of the above, you could be eligible to bring a discrimination claim against your employer. Find out more about different types of discrimination in the workplace below:
Nobody should be discriminated against because of their age. If somebody is considered “too young” for a role that requires an unrealistic number of years’ experience, or if they’re ignored for a promotion that they truly deserve due to being “too old”, this would be classified as age discrimination. Everyone is entitled to exactly the same rights and treatment as the rest of the employees they work with, no matter their age.
Being disabled doesn’t change anyone’s rights as an employee. Every disabled employee is entitled to exactly the same rights and treatment as their colleagues. Where necessary, employers should make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to enable a disabled person to work. You can ask for reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process or once you’ve started work.
It’s unlawful to treat an employee unfairly because they’re pregnant, breastfeeding or because they recently gave birth. It’s also illegal to treat them differently because of an illness relating to pregnancy.
Sex discrimination occurs when someone is unfairly disadvantaged for reasons related to their sex. As well as earning less than men, women are more likely to face sex discrimination and harassment at work. Although most sex discrimination occurs against women, it is just as unlawful to discriminate against a man because of his sex.
Learn more about how to file an employment discrimination claim
Below, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions regarding types of employment discrimination and the actions you as an employee can take. If you’d like to talk to someone about your situation, don’t hesitate to call our workplace discrimination solicitors free on 0808 164 0808. Or, you can request a call back and one of our team will call you.
What should I do if I am being discriminated against?
In the first instance, you should make a formal complaint to your manager or Head of Human Resources. This is also known as a grievance. We may be able to help you put the wording for this together, as negotiating your company’s grievance procedure may not be straightforward and having expert legal assistance on hand can help to make sure that your rights are protected..
What if the issue can’t be resolved through the complaints procedure?
In cases where the discrimination has been too serious to allow for an amicable resolution, you may wish to seek advice with negotiating favourable severance packages, should you wish to leave your current employer and move on to a company that offers a fairer and more pleasant working environment.
Note: you have three months less one day from the act of discrimination to take action, meaning you should act fast.
We recommend you speak to one of our workplace discrimination lawyers in the first instance. As part of the process, you’ll need to get in touch with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), who will aim to achieve early conciliation with your employer. However, our lawyers can assist in this process where appropriate.
Please be aware that the ACAS process can take up to six weeks to conclude. It’s important to act quickly in order to bring a tribunal claim. If the conciliation procedure is unsuccessful, we may be able to support you with the tribunal.
Talk to our employment discrimination solicitors today
Remember, it’s unlawful for an employer to treat you unfairly in the workplace. If you feel you’re facing discrimination at work, contact us today.