Victimisation

Victimisation at work has a very specific meaning in employment law. To be protected or claim in an Employment Tribunal, you must have been treated badly because you have carried out a ‘protected act’. The main protected acts are:

Making an allegation that someone has contravened the Equality Act 2010, for example, in relation to discrimination

  • Bringing a claim under the Equality Act 2010
  • Giving evidence or information to support someone in a claim under the Act

Under the Equality Act 2010, employees have the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of:

You may be able to bring a claim

  • For example, a male colleague is helping a female co-worker with their claim of sex discrimination and makes a statement at an Employment Tribunal. The male colleague is then sacked or treated badly by their employer. This is victimisation because of sex.

If the treatment does not relate to one of the protected characteristics, then it could still amount to bullying and a claim for constructive dismissal.

 

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