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The Equality Act 2010 is concerned with discrimination and harassment in respect of the following protected characteristics:
• age
• disability
• gender reassignment
• marriage and civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• race
• religion or belief
• sex
• sexual orientation.

Employees, workers, job applicants and self-employed individuals have the right not to be discriminated against.

There are various types of discrimination that apply to most of the protected characteristics:

  1. Direct Discrimination: where someone is treated less favourably because of a Protected Characteristic.
  2. Indirect Discrimination: where certain acts, decisions or policies that do not intend to treat anyone less favourably have the effect of disadvantaging a group of people with a particular Protected Characteristic.
  3. Harassment: where someone engages in unwanted conduct related to an individual’s Protected Characteristic which violates that individual’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.
  4. Victimisation: where an individual suffers a detriment when they have done (or might do) a Protected Act (that is, complaining about discrimination or bringing discrimination proceedings against someone).
  5. Instructing, causing, inducing or helping unlawful acts: where an individual instructs, causes, induces or help someone to (or attempt to) discriminate against, harass or victimise another person.

If you believe that you are being discriminated against, you should always try and resolve this matter informally in the first instance by speaking with a Manager or your HR department. However, if the matter cannot be resolved informally, you should consider raising a formal written grievance.
We can help you to identify whether you have been discriminated against and provide advice and assistance in connection with raising a grievance or issuing an employment tribunal claim for discrimination or harassment.

If you require advice and assistance in relation to an employment law issue relating to Discrimination in the workplace, please all Lianne Payne, our Head of Employment, on 024 7623 1000.

Contact one of our Solicitors in Coventry: enquiries@askewslegal.co

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