Discrimination in the Workplace

Sex, age, race, religion and belief, disability, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, and marital status are known as “protected characteristics” detailed in the Equality Act 2010.

If you are treated less favourably because of a protected characteristic you may be entitled to bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal for unlawful discrimination.

Discrimination in the workplace can occur at any time during employment, from recruitment to termination, when decisions are made regarding promotions or pay structures.

Our specialist employment solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with all types of discrimination issues, including issues that arise during disciplinary proceedings or grievances.

They also represent individuals with Employment Tribunal claims for all forms of discrimination in the workplace, such as racial discrimination and disability discrimination.

We often act for individuals who have discrimination concerns but remain in employment and do not want the stress and uncertainty of resigning without an alternative job.

Therefore, we are extremely experienced in negotiating lucrative exit packages to facilitate employees and senior executives leaving their employment.

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Our Discrimination Claims Experience

Recent examples of our work in this area include:

  • 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
  • Supporting NHS staff, including Consultants, and University staff, including senior academic staff, with grievances about their treatment at work, including damage to their health, disability discrimination and equal pay
  • Representing various individuals in relation to discrimination claims (including disability discrimination, the duty to make reasonable adjustments and equal pay) against former employers, leading to the achievement of six-figure settlement sums

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Why Work with Our Discrimination Solicitors?

Our specialist team of employment solicitors is described in the independent Legal 500 directory as “excellent” and are highly recommended in the Legal 500. Therefore, you can be reassured that you will deal with some of the best employment solicitors in the country.

We can be strident and robust on your behalf, where appropriate, including when representing our senior executive clients with the largest employers or professional organisations. However, we are also easy to work with and clear in our advice.

We will fight your corner, and we always take into account the sensitivity of a situation and your professional and personal circumstances.

In particular, our employment lawyers offer:

  • City centre standards of employment law advice and service levels due to our policy of recruiting only the best specialist employment solicitors from leading firms.

  • Clear and straightforward UK employment law advice that is user-friendly, pragmatic and commercial.

  • Extensive experience in advising various employees, including senior executives, directors and partners with complex employment concerns.

  • A credible team of employment law solicitors that are used to dealing with and providing representation against large employers and law firms on behalf of our clients.

  • A partner-led service and a genuinely accessible team of experienced employment law solicitors due to our size, structure and unique culture.

  • Cost-effective support tailored to your unique employment issues and certainty on costs where you need it.

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Frequently Asked Discrimination Questions

I‘ve suffered discrimination in the workplace – what redress can I seek?

If you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, you may be able to bring a claim against your employer in the Employment Tribunal.

If you are successful, the outcomes could be:

  • Compensation – there is no cap on the level of compensation that can be awarded. Compensation is awarded for any financial loss suffered as a result of the discriminatory action as well as for “injury to feelings”.
  • A declaration of your rights.
  • A recommendation to your employer to stop the discrimination happening again.

We are extremely experienced in assisting and representing individuals with discrimination claims. Please click here for details of our cost for this service.

I’ve not been working for my employer for very long, can I still pursue a claim for discrimination?

Yes, unlike some other claims, there is no qualifying period of employment required to bring a discrimination claim.

Meet Our Employment Solicitors

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our employment lawyers are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Joanne Evans

Joanne Evans

Jo is a Partner and Head of our Employment Team

Joanne Henderson

Joanne Henderson

Jo is a Partner in both our Employment and Compliance Teams

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte Gilbert

Charlotte is the Head of Myerson HR and a Partner in our Employment Team

Jack Latham

Jack Latham

Jack is a Senior Associate in our Employment Team

Vicki Fagan

Vicki Fagan

Vicki is an Associate in our Employment Team

Amy Salim

Amy Salim

Amy is a Solicitor in our Employment Team

Anjali Brown

Anjali Brown

Anjali is a Solicitor in our Employment Team

Kurt Reilly

Kurt Reilly

Kurt is a Solicitor in our Employment Team

Oliver Hinds

Oliver Hinds

Oliver is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employment Team.

Meghan O'Rourke

Meghan O'Rourke

Meghan is a Senior Legal PA in our Employment Team

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