Discrimination Claims for Employers

The Equality Act 2010 protects individuals against discrimination in relation to their protected characteristics these are:

  • sex;
  • race (e.g. race, ethnic or national origin);
  • age;
  • disability;
  • pregnancy or maternity;
  • status as a married person or civil partner;
  • gender reassignment;
  • sexual orientation;
  • religion or belief (which includes philosophical belief).

It is unlawful to discriminate against or harass an employee or worker on grounds of a protected characteristic in all areas of employment. This includes recruitment, contractual terms, working conditions, promotion, transfers, dismissals and training. Former employees are also protected, as well as applicants for employment, agency workers, office-holders and partners.

It is not only employers who may be found liable for discrimination, but also colleagues of the victim and others who have been involved. This means that employers are responsible for the way that employees and workers treat each other too.

The tests and rules governing discrimination vary depending on the particular protected characteristic. Our experienced team can help employers by providing compliant policies, helping them to follow compliant procedures and by offering training. Where necessary they can advise on and defend claims.

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