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Discrimination is when your employer is treating you differently from your colleague due to a protected characteristic. The Equality Act 2010 was put in place to ensure people are not discriminated against in the work place. 

The Protected Characteristics

The Equality Act 2010 recognises the following 9 characteristics as protected from any form of discrimination in the workplace:

  • Race
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Unfortunately, some people are still treated different based on one or more of the above characteristics. This could be anything from direct bullying and harassment to less favourable treatment and policies like unequal pay or unfair working rules. Despite our increasingly progressive and tolerant society we still come across instances of bullying and discrimination on a regular basis. 

What Should I Do If I Think I’m Being Discriminated Against?

The first port of call for any dispute in the work place is always the Human Resources department. It may be the case that your employer was simply unaware that, for example, a working rule is treating you less favourably with other employees. In other instances, you may be able to work with Human Resources to reach an amicable solution which keeps you in your job and removes the discrimination. The grievance procedure can be complex and difficult to navigate. Our solicitors have represented employees through these procedures on many occasions and will work with the client and the employer to achieve the outcome you want.

In some situations, an amicable resolution may not be possible. In this circumstance our solicitors can help negotiate a favourable settlement agreement, allowing you to receive some compensation for the distress the company has caused you and free to move on to a new company with a fairer and kinder working environment. 

In the most serious of situations it may not be possible to go through the company’s internal grievance procedure. You may have been sacked for reasons you believe as discriminatory, or you may have been forced to resign. In these situations, our solicitors are experienced in taking cases to the Tribunal. We can help you understand your legal rights and guide you through making an informed decision on your next steps. 

How Can Monarch Solicitors Help?

Our specialist employment solicitors have decades of experience dealing with employment issues. They are well equipped to deal with a whole manner of different cases no matter how big or small. 

Our team have had great success negotiating settlement offers, taking claims to the Employment Tribunal, and many more. Every person we represent receives the same high quality of treatment and personal service.

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Whatever your issue our employment solicitors are here to help.

Call us on 0330 127 8888 for an initial consultation. Or email us on [email protected] and one of our team will get back to you.

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Discrimination is where you are treated unfairly or differently at work because of who you are, such as being disabled or being a woman. The main law that covers discrimination at work is the Equality Act 2010. The unfair treatment might not be aimed at you personally – it could be a rule or policy for everyone that affects you worse than others.

Harassment is where someone creates an atmosphere that makes you feel uncomfortable – this could be because you feel offended, intimidated or humiliated. Your situation might also be harassment under the Equality Act 2010. If it is, you can take action under that law.

It might be harassment if someone’s:

  • verbally abused you
  • asked very personal questions, for example about your disability or religion
  • put up posters that make you feel uncomfortable
  • made rude physical gestures or facial expressions towards you
  • told you jokes of a sexual nature
  • made comments you find offensive, for example on social media

If your colleagues say the behaviour was just friendly banter, it might still be harassment if it meets the definition of harassment in the Equality Act.

You can take action by making an informal complaint – you should try to resolve the problem by doing this first; making a formal complaint called a ‘grievance’; going to a tribunal. You should decide which approach is best for your situation before you start to take action. The best approach will be based on things like the type of problem, the amount of time since the problem happened and the outcome you want

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