Workplace discrimination is an unlawful act. If you have suffered discrimination at work in some form you may be entitled to compensation. Here is what you need to know.
Discrimination in any form should not be tolerated in the workplace. Unfortunately, many people are still subjected to discriminatory treatment at work.
|The law prohibits discrimination because of:
|Age||Marital Status, including being in a civil partnership
|Disability||Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin)
|Gender re-assignment, i.e. becoming or being a transsexual person||Religion/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 diminished performance, 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?
A discrimination claim must be lodged within 3 months of when 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 through Employment Tribunals and you may believe that pursuing a discrimination claim is not an affordable option.
With this in mind, the Employment Law 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. Simpson Millar caters to those who need employment law advice on tricky issues such as discrimination and harassment at a cost that covers the whole process.
- A fixed hourly rate for the first hour of advice, followed by a discounted hourly rate thereafter
- Access to experts at different levels within our team under varying hourly rate options
We remain transparent on our pricing at all times, so do not be afraid to approach us for a cost estimate.
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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