When it comes to the workplace, there is no doubt that the law is on your side. You’ll soon see why. Let’s take a look at the discrimination act.
Firstly, there are several grounds on which you cannot be discriminated for:
1) Age: If you feel that your employer isn’t prompting you because you’re too young of thinks you’re far too old, you can take this up on the grounds of discrimination.
2) Being or becoming transsexual person: If you feel that that your employer had dismissed you because you are or are becoming transsexual then is counted as discrimination and you should report it.
3) Being married/Civil partnership: If your employer only seems to send single employees for training and never gives your or any married others the opportunity this could be classed as discrimination.
4) Being pregnant or having a child: Unfortunately, this is still one of the many reasons women are not gaining senior positions, if you’re being treated unfairly because of this it could be classed as discrimination. Also a woman having a child is also entitled to her job after she returns form maternity leave.
5) Disability: Sadly this, is also another very common cause for discrimination. Often redundancy can be given to employees who are disabled for no apparent reason.
6) Race (colour, ethnicity, nationality) : Another common case. It’s shocking how the statistics show the way in which people of certain colour can be given unfair contracts of unemployment.
7) Gender: When people think of this strand they usually think women, but if you’re a man you can also be discriminated against and in that case the law thinks it’s wrong. However, the equality in pay between men and women also must be equal in accordance to their job.
8) Sexual orientation: Whether your gay, straight or anything else the law is here to protect you if you face decimation such as not being recruited purely because of your sexual orientation.
Those are all the grounds of discrimination, and all the examples given with them are also correct examples of cases of how you could be discriminated against.
There are certain exceptions to the rules, for example only allowing catholic children into a catholic school.
So what can you do? The government advises you to sort it out with your employer first, however if that does not solve the issue, they advise ‘seeking legal advice’.
If you think you’re facing discrimination in the workplace or simply want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact our team on: 0116 2999 199 or email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org