Discrimination and equality

If you are facing an allegation of harassment or discrimination, you need to take advice immediately.  Discrimination takes many forms. It doesn’t have to be deliberate to be unlawful. You need a specialist employment law solicitor on your side from the start.

We can advise you how to avoid claims being brought in the first place. Prevention is easier than a potentially expensive cure.

Disputes can be stressful. It’s your business reputation and finances on the line. From our extensive experience, we know the best ways to take some of the stress away.  First of all, we provide you with open, frank advice about the pros and cons of the allegations and expert guidance on the best strategy and tactics to use.

Act quickly

We will limit the immediate damage to your business and work with you to investigate the allegation and resolve the dispute to avoid it going any further.

If the dispute cannot be immediately resolved we will defend your business and help you deal with any disciplinary implications for your staff.

Fairness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful employer. It is supported by the law – the Equality Act 2010 – and also makes good business sense in the running and developing your business.

Under the Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against people at work because of nine areas called ‘protected characteristics’:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

 

What is the worst-case scenario?

If the dispute cannot be settled and progresses to a claim in an Employment Tribunal it could be expensive if you lose, as illustrated by the latest Ministry of Justice figures: 

Discrimination Highest award Average award
Age £154,309 £35,663
Disability £302,258 £31,988
Race £456,434 £36,853
Religion or belief £74,648 £20,344
Sex £127,230 £19,152
Sexual Orientation £84,609 £6,026

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Have you ever wanted to just ask an expert employment law solicitor if they can help you, without worrying about what it may cost to contact them?

Get in touch

We’d like to talk to you to see what we can do to help, so please either call us anytime for free on 08000 614 631, email us or use the online form.

Together we can work out what your next steps might be...in confidence, at no cost and with no obligation.