Discrimination at work can take place in many forms. Discrimination in the workplace is usually unlawful if the reason for the discrimination is one of the following 9 protected characteristics:
Discrimination in the workplace can be very complex and it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. If you have not been provided with equal rights or have faced restrictions we can advise you on your legal rights and guide you on making a legal challenge.
Your employer is obliged to ensure there are procedures in place to prevent discrimination at work, and should deal with any complaints that arise.
There are different forms of discrimination:
Direct Discrimination: this is discrimination against an employee because of one or more of the protected characteristics named above.
Discrimination by Association: This is a direct discrimination against an employee because he or she associates with someone with a protected characteristic. For example if an employee is treated less favourably because they have a disabled child.
Indirect Discrimination: This is where a policy or practice in the workplace causes a considerably smaller proportion of those with a protected characteristic to be unable to comply with the policy or practice than those who do not have the protected characteristic or who have a different protected characteristic.
Discrimination by Perception: This is a form of direct discrimination where an employee is discriminated against because he or she is perceived to have a protected characteristic.
Victimisation: This is where an employee is treated less favourably because they either have, or might bring a discrimination claim against their employer.
Harassment: this is when an individual is subjected to unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct due to a protected characteristic which violates his or her dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.
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