Discrimination at Work Claims

The Legislation

Discrimination in any form should not be tolerated in the workplace. Unfortunately, many people are still subjected to discriminatory treatment at work.

Discrimination - Legal Rights
The law prohibits discrimination because of:
AgeMarital Status, including being in a civil partnership
DisabilityRace (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin)
Gender re-assignment, i.e. becoming or being a transsexual personReligion/belief or lack of religion/belief
Pregnancy and/or Materntiy Sexual orientation

These are known as 'Protected Characteristics'. Being treated less favourably than your colleagues because of a protected characteristic is unlawful and can produce many adverse effects including causing you to perform below your level best, low morale, ill-health and absence from work.

What Types of Treatment are Prohibited in Law?

The following types of treatment are prohibited by law:

  • Direct Discrimination – being treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic
  • Indirect Discrimination – a 'provision, criterion or practice' that applies to all, but which disadvantages employees over others for reasons relating to a protected characteristic
  • Victimisation – the detrimental treatment of an employee who has done a ‘protected act’, e.g. complained about discrimination.
  • Failure to Make Reasonable Adjustments – an employer’s failure to take positive steps to remove the disadvantage facing disabled employees
  • Harassment – behaviour, related to a protected characteristic, which is threatening, distressing or humiliating

What Are the Time Limits?

With discrimination claims, time starts to run from the date on which the alleged discriminatory act (or last in a series of discriminatory acts) took place. It can be difficult to determine exactly when the discrimination arose, but in all cases, it is important not to delay in obtaining expert advice on time limits and, of course, on the merits of any claim.


Government changes to funding for legal support have made it harder for individuals affected by discrimination to obtain redress in the Employment Tribunals and you may believe that pursuing a discrimination claim is not an affordable option.

The good news is that our Employment legal experts at Simpson Millar have designed a service that gives you access to our specialist team alongside affordable funding options.

Obtaining initial advice on your potential claim can also prove costly with solicitors' fees differing from firm to firm. What we've done at Simpson Millar LLP is cater to those who need employment law advice on tricky issues such as discrimination and harassment at a cost that covers the whole process.

All prices include VAT

For £600 inc VAT, you'll get:

  • A full review - one of our experienced employment law solicitors will consider all the evidence relating to your situation
  • An assessment of the prospects of success of any discrimination claim arising
  • Written advice setting out the merits of your potential discrimination claim
  • Advice on funding options should you wish to pursue the claim in an Employment Tribunal or, if you decide not to lodge a claim, funding options that will enable you to resolve the situation to your satisfaction.

Why choose Simpson Millar?

  • Our nationwide team of experts have considerable experience in Employment law and are recommended in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners
  • We are regularly instructed in cases that set precedent in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and House of Lords
  • We provide simple, straightforward advice to employees on all elements of employment law

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