Discrimination in the workplace means that you are treated unfairly or less favorably because of a protected characteristic. The protected characteristics are the characteristics that are protected by the Equality act 2010. Protected characteristics include;
Marriage or civil partnership
Religion or belief
You should not be discriminated against on the basis of one of the above characteristics. For example, it may be that you are a woman who is being paid then a male counterpart who is doing the same work.
There are different types of discrimination such as direct discrimination. This is where someone is treated differently than someone else because of a characteristic. There is also indirect discrimination which means that there is a rule, practice or policy which is applied to everyone in the workplace but puts someone with a protected characteristic at a disadvantage. There is also a duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against you should seek legal advice. You may also wish to raise the issue with your employer as they may be able to resolve the issue. Lovedays Solicitors have specialist lawyers who specialize in employment law. Our team will be able to advise you on the best course of action moving forward to make sure that you are protected.
There are tight deadlines on when you have to start taking legal action and therefore it is always advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible. There are lots of options moving forward and it is best to seek legal advice from the start to ensure that you are protected. Also, we can assist you in deciding the best course of action moving forward to achieve the result you want.
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