Discrimination at Work
Discrimination in the workplace is something that all employers need to be aware of. The law protects employees against discrimination at work, and employers have a responsibility to follow the laws such as the Equality Act 2010 and prevent it.
Failure to do so may result in a costly employment tribunal, in such an event cases of discrimination may lead to an employer paying compensation. This is particularly important during termination of employment, with an unfair dismissal claim possible if an employee can prove discrimination.
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What Is Discrimination At Work?
The broad definition of discrimination is treating someone less favourably than another because of a certain characteristic. For example, not hiring someone or paying someone less than another without good reason because of a certain characteristic constitutes discrimination.
Examples of types of discrimination include;
- Age discrimination
- Religious discrimination
- Race discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Sexual orientation discrimination
- Disability discrimination
In addition, a person making a claim or supporting the claim of another in cases of discrimination is protected by the same laws. Provide staff handbooks to encourage staff to report discrimination.
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Awards from tribunals as a result of discrimination are more substantial than ordinary disputes. For example according to the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal statistics of 2011-12 the average award for successful orientation discrimination is £13,505.If you’re concerned about a claim, call us for free expert advice on.
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