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The Equality Act 2010 protects people from work-based discrimination linked to certain characteristics, including gender, religion and race.
If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, Hanson Woods Solicitors can help you raise a grievance, negotiate a settlement or launch a legal action for compensation.
You are being discriminated against if you are treated unfairly or differently because of your:
● age● disability● gender reassignment● marriage or civil partnership● pregnancy or maternity● race● religion or belief● sex● sexual orientation
Discrimination can be linked to more than one protected characteristic. It can also occur if someone treats you unfairly because they think you have a protected characteristic, or because someone you associate with does.
If you experience unjust treatment because you have complained about discrimination in the past, including on someone else’s behalf, it may amount to victimisation. Victimisation is also unlawful under the Equality Act.
Direct and indirect discrimination
Direct discrimination is receiving poorer treatment in the workplace because you have one or more protected characteristics. Ways it could manifest include being refused training, a promotion or employment, or being dismissed.
Indirect discrimination occurs when practices, policies or rules that apply to everyone in the workplace particularly disadvantage those with a protected characteristic. For instance, mothers with young children could be disadvantaged by a contract clause requiring employees be available to work late with short notice. Since women are more likely to care for children, and gender is a protected characteristic, this clause could be indirectly discriminatory.
Indirect discrimination may not be unlawful if your employer can show there is an objective justification for the practice, policy or rule. The procedure must achieve a specific aim that transcends its discriminatory effect, and there must be no way of achieving this aim without indirectly discriminating against certain employees.
Employment Discrimination Lawyers supporting clients in Essex & East London
We can help you to challenge unacceptable treatment.
We listen to your experiences and work with you to put things right
You are entitled to be treated fairly and with respect. If you are struggling with discrimination in the workplace, do not face it alone. Whether you have encountered direct or indirect discrimination, we can support you in resolving the issue and securing compensation.
Hanson Woods Solicitors act with empathy, delicacy and integrity to achieve justice whilst preserving your reputation and working relationships. We will listen to your experiences and concerns and ensure those that need to hear them do too. We will be by your side throughout the process, fighting with you to assert your right to fair and equal treatment.