Knight-Webb Solicitors have particular expertise in handling complex employment discrimination claims. Workplace discrimination is unlawful if the reason for the treatment is sex or gender based.
Discrimination on the grounds of sex in the sphere of employment has been unlawful since 1975. The current legislative provisions are contained in the Equality Act 2010.
Direct discrimination occurs where a person is treated less favourably because of sex. There is no need to show motive or intention behind the discriminatory treatment; discrimination can be unconscious.
Indirect discrimination arises where an employer’s policies or practices place a woman (or man) at a substantial disadvantage, and cannot be justified. Discrimination on the grounds of marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity leave is also unlawful under the Act.