Discrimination in the workplace can be extremely distressing for an employee. As an employer, it is vital that you have equal opportunities policies in place to promote fairness and prevent discrimination.

We offer a comprehensive service from the drafting of policies to offering advice and representation if a complaint is raised.

What can constitute discrimination?

Discrimination in the workplace can take various forms.  The less favourable treatment of an employee amounts to unlawful discrimination if the reason for the treatment of the employee is:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Race, including colour, nationality or ethnic origin
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex, both male and female
  • Sexual orientation, whether actual or perceived
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage or civil partnership

These are termed ‘protected characteristics’ in discrimination legislation.

Helping you avoid direct and indirect discrimination

Our employment law experts have helped businesses across the UK guard themselves from the risk of claims for both direct and indirect discrimination.

Direct discrimination is where an employee is treated less favourably because of one of the protected characteristics.

Indirect discrimination is where one of your provisions, criterions or practices disadvantages an employee with a protected characteristic more than an employee without that protected characteristic.

At LawforEmployers we can assist in ensuring your working conditions are inclusive. We are always available to offer advice on workplace issues which engage discrimination legislation and to minimise the risk of potential discrimination claims.

Contact us today for expert advice on discrimination legislation

Whether you are facing a potential claim or seeking to update your policies to reflect discrimination legislation, our employment experts are on hand to help you.

Discrimination legislation can be a complicated area of law, so we would always advise contacting an employment law solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

To speak to a specialist employment law solicitor today, call us on 01282 695 400, or simply complete our quick online contact form and we will call you back.