Discrimination law is one of the most complex areas of law. Our advice is clear and straightforward, simplifying the complex so businesses can understand their obligations and manage their employees most effectively and fairly.
Employees (and workers, partners and agency staff) are protected from being discriminated against on the grounds of their sex, age, race, religion and belief, disability, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, fixed term status and part time status. These are known as “protected characteristics” and now fall within one piece of legislation, the Equality Act 2010.
The Equality Act 2010 covers direct and indirect discrimination, the duty to make reasonable adjustments, harassment, discrimination by association and perceived discrimination.
These are areas of potential significant liability for employers. As there is no qualifying period required for a discrimination claim and no cap on the level of compensation that can be awarded, employers need to treat these claims seriously. Whistleblowing claims, which are similar to discrimination claims and have unlimited compensation as well, also need a careful approach.
Our specialist employment solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with all types of discrimination and whistleblowing claims and providing assistance on all aspects of a claim for both employers and employees, including dealing with discrimination claims where the claimant remains in employment.
Recent examples of our work in this area include:
- Successfully defending a household name retail company in relation to various claims including disability, sex and race discrimination and equal pay claims brought by ex-employees
- Acting for a major national law firm in defending a discrimination claim brought by a solicitor
- Advising a national employer on the impact of age discrimination laws on their collectively agreed severance and early retirement terms
- Assisting various large employers achieve the amicable exit of senior employees and directors against a backdrop of absence of poor performance associated with potential disability discrimination concerns
- Advising employers on what changes they should consider introducing in order to comply with the duty to make reasonable adjustments (and what changes they are not obliged to make)
- Advising an employee in respect of a claim of age discrimination and unlawful compulsory retirement resulting in a settlement sum in excess of £150,000
- Representing various individuals in relation to discrimination claims (including maternity discrimination, disability discrimination and equal pay) against former employers, leading to the achievement of six figure settlement sums
- Defending a complex whistleblowing claim brought by a finance director claiming in excess of £1m compensation. Robustly defending all allegations and securing settlement for a nominal sum
Please contact any member of our employment team for assistance. Please also refer to our section on Employment Litigation for further details of the advice we provide in relation to contentious matters.
How We Can Help
A member of our specialist team will be happy to help.
To discuss Equality and Discrimination Issues – Sex, Race, Disability, Age issues, please either use the contact form on the right, email us at email@example.com or call us today on +44(0)161 941 4000 to speak to a member of our team.