Discrimination in the Workplace

It is unlawful for your employer to treat you less favourably than other employees because of your;

Age, Sex, Religion, Religious Belief, Race, Sexual Orientation, Disability – each of which is known as protected characteristics.

(click on each of the above forms of discrimination for more information)

It is also unlawful for your employer to treat you less favourably because you are pregnant, have taken maternity leave, expressed an intention to take leave or expressed an intention to assert any other statutory right such as flexible working requests, paternity or adoption leave.

Discrimination can manifest itself in many different ways from simple comments to blatant actions, but in all cases, you will have the right to take your case to an employment tribunal even if you are still in your job. Cases of sex and age discrimination have been steadily increasing, but race and disability cases are, at last, starting to fall. However, there is still a long way to go and some employers have still not trained their staff in diversity, which means that discrimination still happens.

Interestingly in some circumstances, the discrimination does not have to have been directed at you, if, for example, you are badly offended by the words or actions of a manager against one of your colleagues, you would be able to make a complaint.

If you feel as though you or a colleague are being unfairly treated, contact us on 0845 070 0505 (Please note: Calls to this number will cost approximately 4p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge) for impartial, confidential advice.