Employment Discrimination at Work
Knight-Webb Solicitors have particular expertise in handling complex Employment Discrimination claims. It is unlawful to discriminate against an employee because of a protected characteristic such as sex, maternity, pregnancy, age, disability, race, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment or disability.
It is unlawful for a person to discriminate on racial grounds against another person in an employment context. The law defines racial grounds as including race, colour, nationality, or ethnic or national origins. Employees are also protected against discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.
Under the Equality Act 2010, direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment because of age in the sphere of employment and vocational training is prohibited. Direct discrimination can also arise where a person is discriminated against because they are perceived to be a certain age or age group. Employers may also be responsible for the acts of their agents, as well as the acts of other employees.
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.
Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination
Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is unfortunately all too common in the workplace. The most common scenario is a woman being put at risk of redundancy whilst on maternity leave.
Employment Discrimination Specialists
Knight-Webb Solicitors are experienced in handling Employment Tribunal Claims, including complex Employment Discrimination at Work, as well as extensive Redundancy Law experience, both for employers and employees. We are also members of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and so have a very detailed knowledge and experience of the area of redundancy.
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