Discrimination cases are rarely straightforward because it is rare for employers to openly treat people differently because of a ‘protected characteristic’, for example; race, age, sex, disability or religion. The Discrimination Act is designed to prevent employees from being treated unequally and covers all areas of employment including recruitment, selection and promotion, the provision of training, the provision of benefits, retirement and occupational pensions. Discrimination can arise in any of four ways:
This is where a person discriminates against another by treating them less favourably than another person.
This is where an employer enforces a policy which affects the whole workforce but disadvantages a particular ‘protected group’.
This occurs when the harasser engages in unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating the victim’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the victim. Examples of harassment includes abusive language, excessive monitoring of work, excessive criticism of someone’s work etc.
This occurs when an employee is treated unfairly because they have made or supported a complaint or raised a grievance under the Equality Act; or because they are suspected of doing so.
We understand that emotions can often run high during an employment discrimination case. Our specialist Employment Solicitors are experienced in handling discrimination cases and ensure each case is dealt with in a highly professional and sensitive manner. As Discrimination law is such a complex area it is important you understand your rights, our Employment team have the expertise and in-depth knowledge to be able to advise you and bring your dispute to a swift conclusion.
For further information please contact a member of our Employment team.