If you are the victim of discrimination at work, it can feel like a desperate situation. But things can be put right and you may want expert legal advice to do it.
According to the most recent government figures (2011/12) employment tribunals accepted 10,800 claims just on sexual discrimination alone. A BBC investigation recently heightened the gender pay gap issue, revealing the NHS are paying higher salaries to male over female doctors. Whether you’re a female employee getting paid less than a male colleague for doing the same job, or from an ethnic minority and being refused the same training prospects as your workmates, you can seek advice from First4Lawyers. Contact us for more information.
What is discrimination at work?
Discrimination at work happens when an employer treats a person, or group, less favourably than others in the work place. There are specific types of discrimination that the law considers unlawful in line with the Equality Act 2010. These include the following:
- Gender (includes those undergoing gender reassignment)
- Race, colour, nationality or ethnic background
- Sexual orientation
- Marriage or civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity leave
- Religion or belief
Unfair treatment for any reason other than those listed above maybe not be seen as discrimination in the eyes of the law.
I have a disability – what are my rights?
If you have a disability, then you have the same rights as others in the workplace. Your employer has a legal obligation to make “reasonable adjustments”, such as:
- Providing forms in Braille or audio formats.
- Granting extra time to complete aptitude tests.
- Installing the right equipment and facilities for disabled workers or someone offered a job – e.g. wheelchair access, disabled toilets.
How can I be sure my employer will take action?
Your employer has a legal responsibility to make you and all of your colleagues aware of the reporting procedures for discrimination. If they do not provide an adequate grievance procedure for you and others to follow, this could give you grounds for further claims against them.
How should I attempt to resolve the issue?
If you believe you are the victim of unlawful discrimination, then you should look for legal guidance. At First4Lawyers, we will listen to your circumstances and put you in contact with the best solicitor for your case.
But before making a formal complaint, you can first to try and sort out the problem informally by talking to your employer.
If you are unable to resolve the issue informally, you may wish to bring a claim of discrimination to an employment tribunal, but you're likely to need to go through ACAS early conciliation first, in order to try and avoid going to court. If you haven’t had confirmation that the ACAS stage is complete, then a claim submitted to an employment tribunal is unlikely to be accepted.
I need to find a solicitor for help and advice in my discrimination case – what should I do?
Work discrimination cases can be highly complex. With this in mind, you should seek expert legal advice as soon as possible.
Do you have concerns about the way you were – or are – treated at work and believe that it amounts to discrimination? If so, then the employment law solicitors available via First4Lawyers are here for you.
To find out more, simply get in touch with us today.