It is unlawful to treat an employee less favourably because of:
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage or civil partnership
Discrimination claims can arise in various forms. For example you may feel you are being harassed because of your age or disability. You may be indirectly discriminated against if your employer puts in place a policy or rule that applies to everyone, but puts you at an unfair disadvantage because of your sex (e.g. unjustifiably requiring you to work full time when you have childcare responsibilities) or because of your religion or belief. If you are disabled your employer is obliged to make reasonable adjustments to assist you at work.
We can advise you on raising a grievance about your treatment, filing a tribunal claim and/or seeking settlement from your employer which would normally be combined with the termination of your employment.
Discrimination claims can be brought while you are still employed. However, they must usually be brought within three months of the discriminatory treatment and so it is important to act promptly in seeking advice.