Employment Solicitors in Birmingham & Manchester
Discrimination at work is something that many people are affected by every day.
However, as well as being unfortunate, discrimination at work is unlawful.
Workplace discrimination is unlawful if the reason for the treatment is on the grounds of age, disability, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity.
Claims for discrimination at work can often be extremely complex, so it is imperative that you obtain expert legal advice from an employment law solicitor at the outset so that you can be advised on how to deal with the situation, prepare grievances and, if necessary, advised on how to pursue a claim.
What Constitutes Discrimination at Work?
Under the Equality Act, you have the right not to be subject to workplace discrimination for the reasons set out above. This can include treatment that is less favourable, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms and is not always as obvious as name calling.
Below are some of the ways in which employees commonly experience discrimination at work:
- Being treated in a way that is humiliating, degrading, offensive or distressing
- Direct discrimination – being treated differently or worse than other colleagues due to your protected characteristics
- Indirect discrimination - the implementation of rules or policies that disadvantage you and people who share your protected characteristics
- Mistreatment due to a disability or the failure to make reasonable adjustments
- Victimisation – treating you badly because you complained about discrimination in the workplace
If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, you should first bring your complaint to your employer or HR department. If the mistreatment continues you should submit a formal complaint using your employer’s grievance procedures. If your employer fails to make reasonable efforts to prevent further discrimination you are eligible to make a discrimination claim in an employment tribunal.
For workplace discrimination claims, you are required to submit your claim within 3 months (less one day) of the date of the last act complained of. In some cases, discrimination at work will be an ongoing act and in these circumstances, the time for bringing proceedings will continue to move as discriminatory events occur.
There is no minimum length of service needed to pursue claims for discrimination at work.
Book your fixed fee initial consultation today to discuss discrimination at work with an Employment Law specialist. Freephone our Employment Law Solicitors on 0330 333 8797 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.