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Discrimination in Employment

Situations involving allegations of discrimination can be very difficult and discrimination cases complex, so it’s important to take expert advice as early as possible.

There are nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 which can be grounds for a discrimination claim if an individual is treated less favourably on one or more of these grounds:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Gender reassignment
  • Religion and belief

Discrimination can come in various guises whether it is direct or indirect and whether by perception or association. Managers and other employees need to be aware of their obligations and how to avoid an allegation of discrimination, and managers need to know how to deal with these sorts of situations in the workplace when they arise. It is also important to ensure that any policies and procedures do not discriminate against employees. A claim for discrimination can be very costly as there is no cap on compensation in the Tribunal. They can also be very time consuming and have a potential negative impact on reputation. We can help your business minimise the risk of being faced with a discrimination claim and help you defend any claim that does arise with as little disruption to your business as possible.

If you need help with discrimination or any other employment issue, call one of our dedicated employment law specialists Maeve Vickery, Sarah Sherratt or Hugh Reid now. Alternatively, complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

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