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Discrimination at work

Facing discriminatory behaviour because of an aspect of your identity like your race or gender is very unpleasant and illegal in the workplace. Unfortunately, discrimination at work is still a relatively common issue for employees nationwide. If you find that you are being negatively targeted, your concerns are being ignored, or you’re indirectly refused certain opportunities, we can help.
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Are you experiencing workplace discrimination?

Whether you spend four or forty hours a week at work, it is essential that you feel secure, supported, and respected. You are important. Your workplace wellbeing is too.

It doesn’t matter if you are a teacher, a trainer, or IT manager. Whatever your job or salary bracket, you could become the victim of workplace discrimination. If you do, you don’t have to put up with it.

What’s more, if you have been unjustly dismissed from a job application process, you are entitled to the same legal support as employees who have suffered discrimination at work.

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Standing up to discrimination at work

If you are being subjected to discrimination or harassment at work you can make a claim at an employment tribunal. If you’re not sure whether you have experienced discrimination and would like some expert advice, get in touch with us. We can take you through everything confidentially, and can work around you so that you don’t have to miss any work and raise suspicion.

If the person discriminating against you is a colleague, you should always try to resolve the issue by raising a grievance first. If your employer fails to act and stop further harassment or discrimination you can resign and make a claim of constructive dismissal.

If the person discriminating against you is your employer, a grievance process is probably not an appropriate solution. However, where possible you should attempt to resolve the situation informally first.

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Are you being discriminated against?

You may be unsure about whether what you are experiencing at work counts as ‘unlawful workplace discrimination’. Or, you may be anxious about starting a legal procedure against your employer (or previous employer) without the right assistance.

We can help you establish whether what you have experienced is discrimination. With our employment solicitors at your side, you can take back control and work towards a satisfactory solution. We’ll help you resolve the workplace issues you are experiencing, whatever they are.

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The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 is in place to protect both employees and applicants from unfair treatment in the workplace.

This Act is one of the most recent and meaningful changes in employment law. Set out by European legislation, it was created to minimise social exclusion, discrimination and inequality.

If your employer breaches the Equality Act by carrying out or condoning discrimination based on one of the ‘protected characteristics’, you can make a claim against them.

The protected characteristics

There are a number of ‘protected characteristics’ listed in the Equality Act 2010 which relate to unlawful discrimination at work. These protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Religion, belief, or not following a particular religion or beliefs
  • Race; including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • Sex; including employment discrimination concerning pregnancy or maternity leave
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marital status, married, or civil partnership

If your employer is treating you unfairly based on one of these characteristics they are guilty of unlawful discrimination. We can help you to make a claim against them and bring them to justice.

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When it’s time to take action

When ‘banter’ becomes bullying, your age prevents you from getting a promotion you deserve, or you become isolated from work activities due to your disability or race, you need to take action.

We are here to help you reach a solution that sees justice for you and for those after you.

No one should have to experience any form of discrimination at all. If you’re being made a victim of discrimination at work, we can help you to get through it and move forward with your life.

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Collecting evidence to support your claim

You need to make sure that you collect proof of any discriminatory and harassing behaviour for potential future legal action.

Evidence in this context might be copies of communication such as texts, meeting notes, your letter of resignation or dismissal or notes from your grievance process.

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How we can help you

Discrimination claims

If you are suffering from unfair treatment at work or workplace discrimination, you are not alone. Our team work with hundreds of people every year in a very similar situation as you.

We are here to offer the legal support, transparent guidance, care and discretion you need to pursue your claim and come out the other side better off. We’ll make sure that you get the respect and the compensation that you deserve.

No win, no fee employment law solicitors

Our expert solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee basis in all of our employment law cases. This means that you don’t need to worry about any of the financial implications of making a claim.

If you think you are experiencing workplace discrimination, contact one of our employment law solicitors today. We can assess your case in more detail and help you understand what your options are.

Our expert team will assess your situation and help you understand what your rights are. If you choose to bring a discrimination claim against your employer we will be by your side throughout the process, supporting you and ensuring that you get the full compensation you are entitled to.

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