Discrimination in the Workplace
Discrimination in the workplace can be challenging. Everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work and to be free of discrimination. Our Employment Team is here to support, guide and help you raise any concerns of discrimination claims against your employer.
The Equality Act 2010 set out nine protected characteristics. This means that it is illegal for you to be discriminated against on the basis of:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage or civil Partnership (as related to your employment)
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Sadly, people often suffer workplace bullying and harassment in relation to these characteristics. Examples of unlawful discrimination in the workplace can include unfair redundancy selection based upon your age or where someone is not offered a promotion because they are a woman, and the job goes to a less qualified man.
Our experienced employment team are here to help you at every turn. Initially, this could mean advising you on how to make a formal grievance and supporting you through the process. In cases where the discrimination has been too serious to allow for an amicable resolution, we are also experienced in negotiating favourable severance packages which can lead to a negotiated exit on better financial terms than you might otherwise receive. This can include an agreement regarding the wording of any reference to future employers.
Where your employer’s internal procedures are unable to help you to obtain a fair resolution, and you feel that you must resign, we have extensive experience of supporting our clients by issues proceedings for constructive dismissal at employment tribunals. We encourage individuals to take legal advice before taking the step of resigning.
We will be happy to discuss any of the above and any other matters with you.