At Slater & Gordon Lawyers, we recognise that more and more people are choosing to balance their home and work commitments by working part-time or flexibly. We have frequently helped employees make successful part-time, or flexible working requests; but also negotiate on behalf of those whose requests are refused. If you are experiencing any difficulties relating to flexible work, including discrimination in comparison to full-time staff, we can help you.
In recognition of the unfair treatment experienced by many part-time workers, in 2000 the government introduced new laws to protect part-time workers from suffering a disadvantage as a result of working part-time. This could include a difference in contract terms, or being subject to some other detriment, for example if you are denied a promotion because of your part-time status.
We can advise you and act on your behalf if you feel that you are being treated less favourably due to your part-time status, taking care to ensure you are fully aware of your rights and your employer’s obligations. We can also advise on your right to ask for flexible working. In addition, because those who seek to or work flexibly are most often women, a refusal to agree to flexible working, or detrimental treatment of those working flexibly, can often amount to indirect sex discrimination. Equally, a refusal of an application for flexible working by a man in circumstances where a woman’s application would have been allowed can also amount to sex discrimination. As discrimination experts we are ideally positioned to give you detailed but practical advice on these difficult issues.
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