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It’s upsetting to be treated differently because of something you can’t control. If you feel that you have been discriminated against by your employer, call us for a no obligation conversation about your options.

You’re not alone if you feel like you’re being discriminated against by your employer or colleagues at work. Many people experience the same thing at some point in their careers. But you don’t have to put up with it.

What Employee Discrimination Services do we provide?

Our expert team of Employment Law Solicitors can support you by offering advice, and support as well as corresponding with your employer, and possibly bringing a claim on your behalf.

We can help by talking you through potential solutions to your situation to help you decide what you want to do. This may mean negotiating a settlement while staying in that job, or it may mean leaving your current employer and seeking compensation for the way you have been treated.

Discrimination Law FAQs

What is Discrimination in the workplace?

Discrimination is where a worker is treated less favourably because of their:

  • age
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership status
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief
  • gender
  • sexual orientation

What is Direct Discrimination?

Direct discrimination is when someone is treated less favourably because of one of the above mentioned characteristics.  For example, it is discrimination if an employer employs a man rather than a woman (or the other way round) just because of their gender, or they don’t give a promotion to an employee, just because of their race, or their religion or belief.

What is Indirect Discrimination?

Indirect discrimination is often, but not always, more subtle than direct discrimination.  Indirect discrimination is where an employer has a policy or a rule, which applies to everyone, but it has a worse effect on some workers because of one the above characteristics. As an example, if an employer has a minimum height requirement, this requirement may be applied to everyone, but it will mean that women will generally find it harder than men to meet that minimum height requirement.  It may also have a greater impact on certain races. This will be indirect discrimination unless the employer can reasonably justify having the particular requirement.

What can I do if I have been discriminated against?

If you have been discriminated against by your employer and want to take legal action you can bring a claim to an employment tribunal for discrimination. Talk to one of our experts to find out if you have a case.

What are the different types of discrimination?

There are several types of discrimination, including direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and discrimination arising from disability.

What are the consequences of discrimination in the workplace?

Discrimination can lead to low morale, high staff turnover, and legal claims. Employers who discriminate can face penalties including compensation awards, fines, and reputational damage.

What should I do if I experience discrimination at work?

You should raise a formal complaint with your employer and seek legal advice. You may be able to bring a claim at an employment tribunal.

Can I be discriminated against during the recruitment process?

No, employers must not discriminate during the recruitment process or make assumptions based on protected characteristics. All candidates should be assessed on their skills and abilities.

Can an employer be held responsible for the discriminatory actions of their employees?

Yes, employers can be held vicariously liable for the discriminatory actions of their employees if it occurs during the course of their employment.

What is the time limit for bringing a discrimination claim? I do if I experience discrimination at work?

In most cases, a claim must be brought within three months of the discriminatory act. However, this can be extended in certain circumstances.

Can a settlement agreement be used to settle a discrimination claim?

Yes, a settlement agreement can be used to settle a discrimination claim. However, it must be entered into voluntarily and with the benefit of legal advice.

What remedies are available for discrimination claims?

Remedies for discrimination claims can include compensation for injury to feelings, loss of earnings, and reinstatement or re-engagement. The tribunal can also make recommendations to the employer to prevent future discrimination.

Employment Law Specialists at Atkins Dellow

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