It is unlawful to discriminate because of a protected characteristic i.e. on grounds of:
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
You may be faced with an employee who has raised a grievance based on alleged harassment, perhaps because of their sex or race, or you may wish to discipline someone who is alleging that the process is tainted by discrimination, or you may be reluctant to agree to an employee’s request for flexible working and concerned that their disability or childcare responsibilities puts you at risk of a claim.
We can advise you on how to deal with these issues. We can also assist you in handling a specific complaint of unlawful discrimination, whether made as part of a grievance or an employment tribunal claim. We can also advise on drafting an Equal Opportunities policy and its effective implementation within your organisation.
In higher risk HR areas such as the recruitment and selection process we can assist in ensuring your managers/supervisors comply with the anti-discrimination laws and good practice by providing in-house training and auditing your recruitment documentation.