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An employee can bring a discrimination claim if they were dismissed unfairly or have suffered from workplace bullying or harassment. Our specialist employment solicitors can provide expert legal advice when defending discrimination claims.
An employee who has been dismissed unfairly or has been treated unfairly has grounds for discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 if they were dismissed from one of the protected characteristics below:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignment
- Religious beliefs
- Pregnancy and/or maternity
- Marital status
Common examples of discrimination claims raised by the employee against the employer include:
- Age discrimination
- Racial discrimination
- Unequal pay
- Gender inequality
- Maternity discrimination
The Equality Act 2010 protects employees from direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and the duty of the employer to make reasonable adjustments for employees who are disabled.
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- It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of any of the following: –
- Gender (sex discrimination)
Direct discrimination – where, because of a protected characteristic, a person (A) treats another person (B) less favourably than A treats or would treat others (section 13(1), Equality Act 2010).
Indirect discrimination – where person A applies to person B an apparently neutral provision, criterion or practice that A would apply equally to others, but which puts or would put those who share B’s protected characteristic at a particular disadvantage. There will be no discrimination if the use of provision, criterion or practice can be objectively justified (section 19 Equality Act 2010).
Gross misconduct is an act which is so serious that it justifies dismissal without notice. Examples of gross misconduct include theft, fraud, violent or intimidating behaviour or damage to property. In your Employee Handbook, you should set out examples of acts which will be considered gross misconduct and include any conduct specific to your sector. Even in cases of gross misconduct, you still need to follow a fair procedure. If you do dismiss the employee instantly, it is likely that you will face a claim of unfair dismissal. When dealing with gross misconduct, you need to follow your disciplinary procedure and the ACAS Code of Practice. A fair disciplinary procedure involves investigating the matter, informing the employee of the issue, holding a disciplinary hearing, allowing them to be accompanied, letting them respond to the allegations and giving them the chance to appeal.
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