If you have suffered discrimination at work, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers and ask to speak with a work discrimination solicitor. Call us on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online and we will call you.
Our team of employment solicitors across England, Scotland and Wales at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are independently recognised as the number one firm for providing legal advice to employees on workplace discrimination claims.
Workplace Discrimination Solicitors
We have a large team of expert workplace discrimination lawyers, including solicitors who specialise on specific types of discrimination at work. We provide a consistent, high-quality and responsive service in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and helping our clients through the complexities of discrimination law, with straightforward, easy-to-understand advice.
What is workplace discrimination?
Discrimination at work can exist in many forms. Workplace discrimination is unlawful direct discrimination if the treatment is because of age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. These are known as ‘protected characteristics’, which means that it is unlawful to discriminate against an employee based on one of these characteristics.
Examples of employment discrimination cases we have handled include:
- Unfair pay - paying men and women, or people of different ethnicities, different salaries when they are equally qualified and performing the same duties to the same standard.
- Denying benefits or barring access to facilities - if your protected characteristic means you lose out, then this is a discrimination issue.
- Unfair rules - new rules which affect some employees more than others. For example, a dress code banning the wearing of certain religious symbols may apply to everyone but indirectly discriminate against people with a particular religion or belief.
- Childcare and family care discrimination - requesting flexible working from your employer due to childcare arrangements or the need to care for a family member, and being refused.
- Age discrimination - a worker over 50 being made redundant despite performing better than a younger employee facing the same situation.
- Maternity discrimination - a pregnant employee being dismissed from her position due to a poor attendance record, when her time off work was due to pregnancy-related complications.
- Recruitment - excluding certain people from the recruitment process even if they have the skills and experience to be considered valid candidates for the position.
There are many more situations than this that count as work discrimination, and not all are as clear cut. It could be the case that your employer is treating you worse than your colleagues and you simply suspect discrimination is at the heart of it, but you don’t know how to prove it. In these cases, seeking expert legal advice as soon as possible can help determine whether or not you have a valid case for workplace discrimination.
One of the challenges can be proving the discrimination. At Slater and Gordon, we can help you with obtaining evidence and presenting your case, guiding you through the process, or dealing directly with your employer and the legal system on your behalf in a discrimination claim .
The Equality Act and disability discrimination
Under the Equality Act 2010, employers must make reasonable adjustments to the working environment for a disabled employee. The aim is to remove as many obstacles as possible which may be preventing the person from doing their job. These adjustments could refer to physical changes to office space, so as to help you with access for example, or changes to working hours, tasks, training or rest breaks.
An employer must follow certain steps to ensure that these adjustments are made, provided they are reasonable and practicable. What is considered reasonable depends on factors such as the size and impact of the changes requested, the employer's resources and the employee’s disability, along with whether or not the requested changes are over and above what is required. If an employer is aware of the barriers facing a disabled employee and doesn’t take the steps to make reasonable adjustments, this can amount to workplace discrimination.
If you are a disabled worker and you believe your employer hasn’t made reasonable adjustments or you have experienced another form of discrimination in the workplace, contact the specialist Slater and Gordon employment discrimination team to find out whether or not you have a case.
How Slater and Gordon can help
Work discrimination cases can be highly complex, so it's important to get expert legal advice as soon as possible. If you are concerned about your treatment at work and believe that it amounts to discrimination, our work discrimination solicitors can help you.
A sensitive and confidential approach
Pursuing a workplace discrimination case can be stressful and difficult, but at Slater and Gordon we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to seek justice for unfair treatment by your employer. We will support you through the process and offer guidance. Our service is 100% confidential. People who come to us are often distressed about what has happened to them, and appreciate us offering a sympathetic approach, with a sensitive understanding of our clients’ needs. We focus on a swift and tailored outcome through negotiation, mediation or litigation.
Free work discrimination case assessment service
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free case assessment for people who feel they have been discriminated against at work.
Simply select the type of discrimination below, fill in the details, then an employment solicitor will assess your case; and then we'll contact you. This service is both free and completely confidential.
- Free Age Discrimination Case Assessment
- Free Disability Discrimination Case Assessment
- Free Maternity Discrimination Case Assessment
- Free Paternity Discrimination Case Assessment
- Free Race Discrimination Case Assessment
- Free Religion or Belief Discrimination Case Assessment
- Sex Discrimination Case Assessment
- Free Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case Assessment
For legal advice or representation anywhere in the UK, please call our work discrimination solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or contact us online.
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