Discrimination and the Equality Act 2010

Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation

Talk to Forbes Solicitors today to safeguard your business from a costly discrimination claim.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an individual on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, marital status, sex or sexual orientation. These are known as the "protected characteristics".

As experienced employment law solicitors, we can ensure that your business avoids Employment Tribunal claims by complying with the Equality Act. However, if a discrimination claim is brought against you we can also represent you during proceedings. Discrimination in the workplace claims can be extremely costly so it is important to get professional representation from a trusted legal firm.

Forbes Solicitors have years of experience supporting companies of any size with their legal proceedings. We have the expertise that you need to fight your discrimination case. In the meantime, we have prepared some more information on the Equality Act 2010 and the kinds of workplace discrimination concerned:

Discrimination legislation protects employees, contract workers, office holders and trade union members. Job applicants and employees whose employment has already been terminated are also protected.

Direct discrimination occurs where an employer treats a person less favourably than someone else because of a protected characteristic.

Indirect discrimination occurs where an employer applies a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) which places those who possess a particular protected characteristic than those who do not, unless the employer can establish that the PCP is justified.

The Equality Act 2010 also makes it unlawful to subject a person to harassment linked to a protected characteristic; or to victimise someone who has brought proceedings, made an allegation or done "any other thing"; in connection with the Equality Act 2010, or assisted somebody else in doing so.

Unlike other areas of employment law, discrimination claims carry injury to feelings awards and the level of compensation that can be awarded in a discrimination claim is uncapped.

Forbes Solicitors' employment lawyers are experienced in advising on matters of discrimination and providing representation in discrimination cases at the Tribunal. Please contact one of our employment team by email, or call Forbes Solicitors on freephone 0800 689 0831 for further information.

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18 Mar 2019

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