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Discrimination at Work

EH SolicitorsEmployment TribunalsDiscrimination at Work

Discrimination at Work

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is against the law to discriminate against someone in respect of the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Discrimination itself can take many forms, and the following types of conduct are prohibited by the Equality Act:

  • Direct discrimination (where someone is treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic)
  • Indirect discrimination (where someone is affected by acts which, whilst not intended to treat anybody less favourably, have the effect of disadvantaging people with a particular protected characteristic)
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation
  • Instructing, causing, inducing or helping any of the above types of unlawful conduct

It is very important that a discrimination claim is submitted to the Tribunal in a particular way, as there are various factors which claimants have to show in order for a claim to succeed and if these are not dealt with in the ET1 the claim could fail. If you think that you may have a claim for discrimination, we are able to advise you of your options and draft an appropriate claim form.



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