The Equality Act 2010 is a very comprehensive piece of UK legislation that prevents employers from engaging in discriminatory practices in the workplace. Any claim of discrimination by employers that is brought before Employment Tribunals is taken very seriously, and can result in heavy financial penalties for employers found guilty of being discriminatory. As a result employers must work to remove any discriminatory practices from their workplace, and ensure that their employees are protected from such conduct.
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Discrimination in the Workplace
The team at Employment Law Edinburgh are very familiar with the legislation relating to discrimination, and regularly advise employees on how to deal with an employer who they believe is being discriminatory in the work environment. Our specialist employment lawyers regularly advise on the following;
We at Employment Law Edinburgh are very proud of our history of working with employee, and bring our insight and experience to the fore in aiding employees to resolve issues relating to discrimination in the workplace.
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Discrimination Advice Lawyers Edinburgh
If you have been discriminated against in your place of work, we can help you get the justice you deserve. We have successfully represented many employees in discrimination cases and will fight for your best interests. We understand the impact that suffering discrimination at work may hve had on your personal and financial situation, so we will strive to get the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Many employment matters have strict time limits for bringing a claim, so it is important to act quickly. Get in touch with our understanding and knowledgeable team today by calling 0131 322 1032 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you without delay.
What is classed as discrimination in the workplace UK?
All employees and workers have the right to be treated fairly in the workplace. This means you must not face discrimination because of your race, gender, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs.
Equality law in the UK is set out in the Equality Act 2010. This legislation is designed to stop employers from engaging in discriminatory practices in the working environment. Claims of discrimination by employers that are brought to the attention of Employment Tribunals are subject to very high scrutiny, and if they are found to be valid, can have serious consequences for employers.
Employers must design their employment framework to be of any kind of discrimination, and ensure that their employees work in an environment which promotes equality and fairness.
What is direct discrimination in the workplace?
Direct discrimination is where you are treated less favourably than other employees on the grounds of one of the protected characteristics. It does not matter if the person who is discriminating is doing so deliberately, if you are treated differently and less favourably because of who you are, this could amount to direct discrimination.
What are ‘protected characteristics’?
In UK law, there are nine characteristics that afford protection in law from discrimination. The characteristics that are protected by the Equality Act 2010 are:
- gender reassignment
- marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
If you suffer discrimination in the workplace as a result of one of these protected characteristics, you may be able to bring a claim against your employer.
What is indirect discrimination in the workplace?
Indirect discrimination is a workplace practice, rule or policy applies equally to everyone, but affects those with a protected characteristic in a negative way more so than anyone else. For example, where an employment contract requires you to travel at short notice, this may disproportionately affect women with young children.
What is discrimination by association?
Discrimination by association occurs where you are treated differently on the grounds of another person’s protected characteristic. An example of this is where an employee loses their job or is overlooked for a position because they have a child with a disability and their care arrangements are complicated. This could amount to discrimination as the employee is associated with the person with a protected characteristic. Discrimination by association does not apply to marriage and civil partnership, and maternity and pregnancy.
How can Employment Law Edinburgh help?
We are a local Edinburgh based law firm with years of experience helping workers in Edinburgh who have been harassed or suffered at the hands of bullies. You will speak to an expert Employment Law lawyer when you call. We look forward to hearing from you.
Workplace Harassment and Discrimination
Workplaces can be tough environments. However behaviour should remain within acceptable limits. If you are being demeaned or belittled at work, you may be a victim of workplace harassment and Employment Law Edinburgh can help. Harassment normally is unwanted conduct or attention on grounds that include:
- Ethnic or national origin
- Religious belief or some other philosophical belief, sex and sexuality
UK Employment law offers protection against this if you feel your dignity is being made to suffer at work and think it may be harassment contact Employment Law Edinburgh lawyers today on [xxx-xxx]
Bullying and Discrimination
With bullying the legal position can be more complex, again you are protected by law but in the first instance you should seek expert legal advice and in Edinburgh that can be found at Employment Law Edinburgh.
In general, bullying is seen as behaviour which is offensive, intimidating, malicious and insulting. It can be behaviour that is designed to undermine and humiliate the victim. Again speak to one of our Employment Law Edinburgh solicitors if you think you are being bullied.
Employment Law Edinburgh the employment department of Employment Law Edinburgh Solicitors. We have a local Edinburgh-based office with years of experience helping workers in Edinburgh who have been harassed or suffered at the hands of bullies. You will speak to an expert advisor when you call.
Expert Discrimination Lawyers & Solicitors in Edinburgh
If you believe you have been discriminated against at work, get in touch with us today. We will help guide you through the process of getting the justice you deserve. Our team at Employment Law Edinburgh work in partnership with employees in dealing with claims of discrimination, to ensure that they are well aware of their position in law. We offer a free initial consultation to determine whether you might have a claim, and can often work with client’s on a no win, no fee basis.
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