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You have a right to expect fair and respectful treatment in your workplace. If you’re being bullied or harassed at work, or there’s something else concerning you, get in touch. Call us on 01925 351 350 to discuss how we can help with discrimination in the workplace.
What is Discrimination?
We should all be able to expect fair treatment in life. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and sometimes people are treated differently because of who they are.
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone with protected characteristics. The Equality Act sets out these characteristics, which include:
- Gender reassignment
- Being married or in a civil partnership
- Being pregnant or on maternity leave
- Race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
If you have been discriminated against, you should first attempt to resolve it with the person who treated you unfairly. You may find that they are unaware that they hurt your feelings and are willing to apologise and correct their behaviour. However, this is not always be possible. And, when feelings are badly hurt, you may be afraid or might not want to call them out for their behaviour.
Forms of Unlawful Discrimination
Discrimination can come in a range of forms, so it’s important you are able to recognise these forms. There are a few key types you should be aware of.
Direct discrimination is where someone treats you less favourably than other because of a protected characteristic.
Indirect discrimination is when someone has put certain rules or arrangements in place that apply to everyone but give someone an unfair disadvantage because of their protected characteristics.
Harassment is unwanted behaviour linked to a protected characteristic that violates someone’s dignity or creates an offensive environment for them.
Victimisation is where someone is treated unfairly because they’ve complained about discrimination or harassment.
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If you believe you have experienced any discrimination at work, such as the situations explained below, please contact us. We can help you with your case. You can call us on 01925 351 350.
Discrimination and Mistreatment at Work
One of the most common places people experience discrimination is in the workplace. People can be overlooked for promotions, refused jobs and unfairly dismissed because of who they are. On top of that, people can be harassed and bullied by their colleagues.
Failure to Make Reasonable Adjustments
If you are disabled, you have a legal right to expect that people and services make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your disability. That includes accessibility at work as well as other services such as with taxis and at restaurants.
The crucial word here is reasonable, as it can be difficult to determine what the law considers a reasonable adjustment. At Chris Rudd Solicitors, we have an expert team who can help you to judge whether you have been discriminated upon because of your disability.
What Chris Rudd Solicitors Can Do
So, if you believe you have been the victim of discrimination, please call us on 01925 351 350.
We can advise you as to whether or not you can make a claim discrimination at work, or with something else. Our aim is to provide clear, simple advice with our prices being just as clear and simple.
We are based in the North, but we cover the whole of England & Wales so it isn’t a problem if you’re farther afield. What that does mean is that our rates are lower than other solicitors farther south. So, please get in touch for a free initial consultation.