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Free EnquiryDiscrimination At Work - What Are My Rights?

In the workplace the law gives you heavy protection against being the victim of discrimination. There are many different forms of discrimination that may occur in one form or another. Discrimination can lead to unfair dismissal, payment differences, recruitment bias, employment term issues and more. Essentially litigation against discrimination gives everyone a chance to have an equal opportunity to succeed and feel comfortable in the work place.

Protected Characteristics

Therefore, the Equality Act 2010 ensures that you have a right to not be discriminated against because of your:-

  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationality
  • Disabilities
  • Marital status
  • Pregnancy

These are all known as ‘protected characteristics’. You are protected from becoming the victim of discrimination due to these things in a variety of situations including the workplace. If you feel that you are being discriminated against in the workplace you have the right to make formal complaints to try and resolve the matter internally, and to have these complaints taken seriously by the organisation you work for. You also have the right to take the case further if the discrimination continues. You may wish to contact a trade union for support. You could then try and resolve the case via arbitration or you could take your case to an employment tribunal if needed. To take your case to a tribunal you must apply within 3 months of the incident of discrimination.

Types Of Discrimination

The law also give you the right to not be discriminated against in various ways. This is because discrimination is complex. You may be being discriminated against directly – for example you may be a woman who is being paid significantly less than a man at the same company, in the same job role may be the subject of discrimination if there is no justification for the difference. You have a right to treated equally.

Another direct type of discrimination is harassment. This involves an individual coming to feel bullied, uncomfortable or threatened in the workplace due to the acts of a colleague/s or the company. This may be because inappropriate comments are being made about the colour of their skin for example.

You may also be being discriminated against indirectly – this can occur if rules which are a part of a company’s structure unfairly disadvantage a party, such as women who are going to take maternity leave.

Finally, if someone has made a complaint about discrimination in the workplace they must not be treated differently or mocked because of making this complaint. This is victimisation and, once again, the law protect you from being the subject of victimisation in the workplace.

If people are treating in any of these ways in the workplace they are violating your rights.

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