Understanding what’s classed as discrimination and what isn’t can be confusing.

If you’re concerned about your employer’s treatment towards you and believe that it amounts to discrimination – we can help!

What is Discrimination?

Discrimination is where you have been treated unfairly at work because you are or someone thinks you belong in a certain group or category such as race, gender, sexual orientation etc. It’s an extremely complex area of law so it is really important that you act as quickly as possible if you believe you have been discriminated against.

It’s also important to remember that even if you have been treated unfairly at work, it may not necessarily be classed as discrimination.

There are nine protected characteristics in the Equality Act. Discrimination which happens because of one or more of these characteristics is unlawful under the Act. We all have some of these characteristics - for example, sex or age - so the Act protects everyone from discrimination:

• Race
• Age
• Sex
• Disability
• Gender Reassignment
• Marriage or civil partnership
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Religion or belief
• Sexual orientation

The Equality Act can also protect you if people in your life, such as family members, friends or co-workers have a protected characteristic and you have been treated badly because of it.

What to do if you’re a victim of Discrimination

Am I eligible to claim for Discrimination?

There is no minimum time you have to be employed by them to make a discrimination claim so you can take your employer to court no matter how long you have been working there.

In addition to any loss of earnings you may suffer, an Employment Tribunal can decide to give you a separate award which is known as compensation for ‘injury to feelings’. This means you can receive compensation for any hurt, upset or distress you encountered as a result of being discriminated against. In some cases, this can be up to as much as £30,000.

How we can help

As experts in our field, we can help you to deal with your employer; help to resolve the issues or, if necessary, bring your claim to an Employment Tribunal. We can help you understand the law and set out all your options in clear and concise detail.

The team regularly represent claimants in Employment Tribunal and have a track record of achieving excellent results.

If you feel you’ve got a case for discrimination then please get in touch with us and we’ll go through all your available options. We can make things really simple and clear and our team of experts will guide you through every step of the way.

Please Note: This information is provided for general knowledge only and specific advice should be sought for individual cases.

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