Discrimination cases are rarely straightforward because these days it is unlikely that employers openly treat people differently because of a ‘protected characteristic’. These are for example, age, race, disability, religion or religious belief, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity or sexual orientation. The Equality Act 2010 is designed to prevent employees from being treated unequally and applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, selection and promotion, the provision of training, benefits, retirement, and occupational pensions. Discrimination in the workplace can arise in any of four ways:
Workplace discrimination types
- Direct Discrimination
When a person is treated differently or worse than another person. The Equality Act refers to less favourable treatment.
- Indirect Discrimination
When a policy is applied to the whole workforce but disadvantages a particular group of people who share a protected characteristic.
When a person is subjected to unwanted conduct or behaviour 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 include abusive language, excessive monitoring of work, excessive criticism of someone’s work, unwarranted attention, etc.
When an employee is treated less favourably because they have made a complaint of discrimination or raised a grievance under the Equality Act; or because they have helped someone else to do so.
Harold G. Walker Solicitors understand that emotions can often run high during an employment discrimination case. The specialist Employment Solicitors are experienced in handling discrimination cases and ensure each case is dealt with in a highly professional and sensitive manner. It is important you understand your rights, and the Employment team will be able to advise you.
If you’re facing workplace discrimination issues and need help, contact Hugh Storry Deans, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Department. We understand how challenging these situations can be and are here to offer professional, sensitive support. Your rights matter, and we’re here to guide you. Contact Hugh Storry Deans today at 01202 482202 for assistance in addressing your workplace discrimination concerns.