There are few areas of employment law which are so pervasive or so wide-ranging as discrimination. Unlike a lot of rights, discrimination applies to a huge range of people, and will apply to people who you haven’t even met, and jobs you don’t even have.
It’s often misunderstood, and frequently misreported, so the information about discrimination can be confusing and unclear. Here at Bridge, we aim to cut through the confusion, and make sure that, whether you are a company or an individual, you can get a clear picture of how this law affects you.
Discrimination is the “from seed to plate” law – because it starts before any relationship begins and survives its end. If one of the 8 protected characteristics (see below) apply, then the protection of the Equality Act 2010 is considerable, wide-ranging and often takes people by surprise.
Whether you are a company or an individual, you need to understand how discrimination law applies and whether you can rely on it, or whether you need to apply it to others.
As an employee, you will be aware that there is a significant power imbalance between you and your employer. The law attempts to redress this balance in some situations, and discrimination is a significant protection for vulnerable employees against less favourable treatment.
It is limited – the Equality Act 2010 sets out the protection, and it only covers specific “protected characteristics” namely:
If you believe you may be covered by one of the above characteristics, then your employer cannot treat you less favourably as a result of it, and, in the case of a disability, may need to make reasonable adjustments to your working area or conditions to ensure that you are not put at a disadvantage.
Things to be aware of:
It is a complex area of law, and, as with all employment legislation, the timescales for bringing claims are short – usually 3 months from whenever the act in question took place. It’s really important to get advice early on. Our aim is to help you resolve your difficulties in a way that you are happy with. If preserving your on-going relationship with work is your top priority, then we will make this the aim of any action we advise. If you are seeking to leave your employment, then we will aim to help you do so in a way that preserves any claims you may have against them, and ideally brings them to a satisfactory resolution with the least possible difficulty and outlay.
Although discrimination claims can be costly, we are always willing to look at different funding methods with you, and to tailor our assistance to your budget.
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