Employment law

Workplace Discrimination Solicitors

The Equality Act 2010 exists to help prevent discrimination in the workplace. If you're suffering discrimination at work, we're here to support you, guide you and help you to seek justice.

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Employment law solicitors

Slater and Gordon's experienced solicitors are here to support and guide you if you're being discriminated against at work. Call us on 0800 780 2730 or contact us and we'll call you.

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People often suffer workplace discrimination in relation to a protected characteristic. Our expert solicitors are here to help.

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Are you suffering discrimination at work?

The Equality Act 2010 set out nine protected characteristics. This means that it's illegal for you to be discriminated against on the basis of:

Unfortunately, people often suffer workplace bullying and harassment in relation to these characteristics. Just as significantly, many people suffer unlawful discrimination at work, which means that they receive unfavourable treatment because of these protected characteristics. Examples of unlawful discrimination in the workplace include:

  • Unequal pay: Where someone is paid less than others doing the same work on the basis of a protected characteristic; commonly where women are paid less than men doing the same job.
  • Unfair rules: Such as where followers of one religion might be allowed to wear symbols of their faith, while another group isn't.
  • Age discrimination: Such as when a worker over the age of 50 is selected for redundancy in preference to a younger worker with less experience and ability.
  • Maternity discrimination: Whereby a pregnant employee is dismissed for poor attendance due to her pregnancy.

Unfortunately, there are many other examples of discriminatory practices in the workplace. If you feel that you've been treated unfairly at work due to age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender reassignment, religion or beliefs, you may have a case for discrimination against your employer. To speak to a sympathetic and experienced employment discrimination solicitor, call us on 0800 780 2730 or contact us and we'll call you.

Who can help if I'm being discriminated against at work?

It's not just unfair for you to be discriminated against in the workplace, it's also unlawful. That's why our experienced workplace discrimination solicitors are here to help you at every turn. In the first instance this can mean advising you on how to make a formal complaint, known as a grievance to your manager or Head of Human Resources. Negotiating your company's grievance procedure may not be straightforward and having expert legal assistance on hand can help to make sure that your rights are fully respected.

In cases where the discrimination has been too serious to allow for an amicable resolution, we're also highly experienced in negotiating favourable severance packages, should you wish to leave your current employer and move on to a company that offers a fairer and more pleasant working environment.

You can also rest assured that where your employer's internal procedures can't help you to obtain a fair resolution and you feel that you must resign, we've extensive experience of supporting our clients by issuing proceedings for constructive dismissal at employment tribunals. It's often a good idea to take legal advice before taking the step of resigning. To speak to an experienced employment solicitor about discrimination in the workplace, call us on 0800 780 2730 or contact us and we'll call you.

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