Employers often fear facing workplace discrimination claims. At Davenport Solicitors, our expert employment law team is well-versed in providing discrimination claims advice for employers, helping them swiftly and sensitively resolve employee grievances.
Understanding Workplace Discrimination
Workplace discrimination legislation, known as the Equality Act 2010, safeguards employees with ‘protected characteristics’ from unfair treatment. These protected characteristics include sex, marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and age.
Types of Workplace Discrimination
There are four forms of discrimination at work (six in the case of disability discrimination):
Direct Discrimination: This involves less favourable treatment based on a protected characteristic.
Indirect Discrimination: Occurs when a provision, criterion, or practice (PCP) particularly disadvantages a group with a protected characteristic, and the individual is affected. Indirect discrimination can be justified if the PCP is objectively necessary to achieve a legitimate aim.
Harassment: Involves subjecting an individual to unwanted behaviour related to a protected characteristic.
Victimisation: Occurs when someone is treated unfairly because they have raised or assisted in raising a complaint of discrimination.
The Equality Act 2010 protects:
- Job applicants and employees
- Contract workers, including agency workers
- Police officers and applicants to join the police
- Partners and those seeking partnership in a firm (including an LLP)
- Barristers and trainee advocates
How We Can Help
Our specialist solicitors provide discrimination claims advice for employers. We offer guidance on best practices regarding employment discrimination law, including creating and implementing effective equality and diversity policies and training managers in discrimination law. We can also assist in handling investigations, disciplinary or grievance processes in cases of alleged discrimination. Additionally, our trained mediators can work to resolve matters without costly and time-consuming Tribunal proceedings.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.