Discrimination takes many forms and is very upsetting. The law is designed to protect people against discrimination and it is your employer’s duty to ensure you are treated equally. People with a ‘protected characteristic’ – a personal attribute that might lend itself towards discrimination – should be especially protected. The Equality Act 2010 defines these characteristics to include ‘age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.’
Are you a victim of Discrimination?
If someone with a protected characteristic becomes a victim of discrimination, which includes workplace bullying, harassment or offensive behaviour, the employer must be informed as soon as possible. The following examples could be considered discrimination:
- Dismissed due to having a protected characteristic.
- A difference in salary or benefits without any lawful justification.
- Refusal to grant a flexible working arrangement to meet childcare responsibilities.
- Selected for redundancy due to pregnancy or being on maternity leave.
- Imposing dress codes which are not justified.
- A difference in training provided or inadequate training.
- Failure to provide equal opportunities for promotion.
- Being turned down for a job due to age, race, sex or sexual orientation.
- Failure to accommodate different cultures and beliefs.
- Failure to make a reasonable adjustment by providing the equipment that a disabled employee requires to perform their job.
- Imposing a provision, criteria or a practice that places a group of employees at a disadvantage i.e. unpredictable or inconsistent working hours.
If you believe you or a loved one is being discriminated against, take action now. Our legal experts will help you find the best way of resolving the issue, either working with your employer or bringing a claim for discrimination to the courts. We are an experienced employment law solicitor in Brighton and Sussex and we can be trusted to get results.
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