Employment Law Solicitors:
Discrimination in employment
There are various types of discrimination and other unlawful conduct, which is set out in the Equality Act 2010. Such includes:
- Direct discrimination
- Indirect discrimination
- Instructing, causing, inducing and helping discrimination
What are protected characteristics?
There are a number of important steps that you must take before you issue your claim to the employment tribunal, including, in most cases, referring your claim to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. After which you can complete something called an ET1 form. We strongly recommend that you speak with a specialist solicitor before doing this as issuing your claim incorrectly can result in it being thrown out, you could be required to pay costs or additional case management orders may be given.
Types of discrimination
The Equality Act 2010 is concerned with discrimination and harassment in respect of the following, which are known as protected characteristics:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Who is protected?
There are a wide range of individuals who are protected however, with regards to discrimination that occurs against employees, the following are some examples:
- Employees and applicants
- Contract workers
- The police
- LLP members
- Professional or trade qualifications
- Office holders
- Vocational training and employment agencies
- Trade organisations
- Local authority members
Who is liable?
If your employer unlawfully discriminates against you or harasses you, it will be liable for its actions. Further, employers are liable for the unlawful actions of their employees or agents and a joint claim may also be brought against the individual responsible for the discrimination, victimisations or harassment in question.
I think I have a claim. What should I do?
Well in short, contact us now. Discrimination can be a complex area of law and we have a team of specialist employment law solicitors ready to help you. We can also offer you a free case analysis if you not sure whether you have a claim.
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