Workplace discrimination claims can be extremely damaging to any business both financially and in terms of reputation. The development and expansion of laws on equality, diversity and discrimination in recent years has fuelled a dramatic rise in workplace discrimination claims.
Discrimination claims can be brought against employers and individuals within an organisation for reasons which may include:
- sexual orientation
- gender reassignment
- religion or belief
- part-time workers
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
Cases of discrimination are a huge area of concern for any business owner, as they are extremely costly. Awards for successful claims are unlimited and may include compensation for injury to feelings, personal injuries and financial loss.
The right to claim extends to “workers” which include some self-employed contractors as well as traditional employees.
Discrimination claims may arise at the recruitment stage as well as during or at the end of the working relationship.
Unlike many other types of claims, it is often the employer who is expected to disprove an allegation of discrimination rather than the claimant having to prove it.
For an employer, the task is much easier if you can show that you have transparent and non-discriminatory procedures at every stage and ensure that supervisory and managerial staff receive appropriate training.
Our specialist employment solicitors guide you through this complex and growing area of employment law.
For support and assistance in the area of discrimination, contact our employment team on 0161 615 0655 or fill out the enquiry form below and one of our employment solicitors will get back to you.
Find out more on our Employment Law page.