Discrimination at work
The law protects you against discrimination and unfair treatment at work under the Equality Act 2010.
If you’re experiencing conflict or prejudice during your employment, it’s important to understand the type of unfair treatment so that you can determine the best course of action.
Your rights at work are protected in different ways for:
The Equality Act
The Equality Act aims to promote equal job opportunities and fairness for employees and job applicants. Organisations should have policies to ensure they promote positive behaviours and prevent discrimination.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone, or treat them unfairly, because of:
- gender reassignment
- being married or in a civil partnership
- being pregnant or on maternity leave
- race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
These are known as ‘protected characteristics’. It’s against the law for anyone to treat you unfairly because of any of them.
The law protects you against discrimination at work, including in relation to:
- employment terms and conditions
- pay and benefits
- promotion and transfer opportunities
How to manage discrimination
If you think you’ve been unfairly discriminated against you can:
- complain directly to your employer
- ask someone to act as an independent mediator to resolve the dispute
- make a claim in a court or tribunal.
A legal adviser at your side
365 Employment Law helps employees to assess their situation and consider the best approach to resolving any conflict. We can represent you in mediation or support and guide you through the court or tribunal process.
We can assist you in:
- assessing the type of unfair treatment
- preparing and attending mediation and alternative dispute resolution
- helping you to prepare for attend court or tribunal hearings.
For an informal conversation about your needs telephone 01903 863284 or use the contact form to detail your requirements.