Discrimination Claims and Defences

Discrimination Claims and Defences

This is a complex and specialist area of employment law that requires a very detailed and specialist advice.  Claims are high value but can be lost very easily if the defence or claim take the wrong direction or make a technical mistake on how they make their case, which can be very, very costly for employers and/or claimants – discrimination claims come with unlimited awards, not good for employers but attractive for claimants.

What is protected from discrimination? 

The Equality Act 2010 lists the characteristics that are protected and each type of discrimination that can occur, the protected characteristics are the following:

  • Age discrimination
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation


Has someone suffered a detriment because of having one of the protected characteristics listed above?

It is unlawful (in brief here) for employers to discriminate in:

  • The terms of employment offered
  • Promotions
  • Training
  • Benefits
  • Dismissing
  • Subjecting the employee to any other detriment


In this area of employment law, it is essential that you have an expert supporting you throughout the whole process. Here at Bridge Employment Law, our employment lawyers in York, Leeds and Doncaster have the necessary knowledge and expertise, having worked successfully in this area for many years.

For more information or to discuss your circumstances with our specialist lawyers, please call us on 01904 360295, email enquiries@bridgeehr.co.uk  or complete our contact form.