Discrimination at Work

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Discrimination at Work Solicitors in Warrington

There is no place for discrimination, bullying or harassment at work. Everybody deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. It can be devastating to find yourself in such a situation and feelings of hopelessness are common.

At DSM Legal Solicitors, we are dedicated to helping you and supporting you to obtain the compensation you deserve when you have been discriminated against in the workplace.

You do not have to put up with being badly treated or being bullied because of your gender, race, sexual orientation or disability. If you have a strong case we can offer you no win no fee. We are experts in discrimination and will fight on your behalf to help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve. Call 01925 937070 for a free discussion to find out how we can help or complete our enquiry form.

What is Unlawful Discrimination?

It is unlawful to discriminate against a person at work on the grounds of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and marriage or civil partnership. These categories are what are known as ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010 and you can find out more information on ACAS’s website (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) by clicking here.

What is Discrimination in the Workplace?

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against an employee because of any of the following: –

We provide legal advice and representation to employees who believe they have been discriminated against by an employer. Our approach is to achieve the best outcome for our clients. The vast majority of cases are settled without going to Court and if we are able to take your case on a no win no fee basis we will do so.

Examples of Unlawful Discrimination

Pregnancy

A claimant who was pregnant was moved away from front office duties to a sedentary back-office role which affected her mental health. The tribunal found that she had suffered ‘unfavourable treatment’ and so succeeded in her claim for pregnancy discrimination.

In one case against the Metropolitan Police the tribunal found that the Claimant, who was pregnant, suffered detriment when the force removed her police dog. It was noted that the loss of a dog risked an impact on career progression and loss of overtime.

Examples of detriment could include being selected for redundancy because of pregnancy, refusal of training or promotion and failure to take action to protect a pregnant worker’s health or safety during pregnancy.

Sexual harassment

A claimant, an aspiring lawyer, was awarded £14,000.00 against a law firm for injury to feelings when she brought claims for sex discrimination and harassment which included around 40 acts of sexual harassment that made her feel uncomfortable. The harassment included asking her to go out to the cinema, talking about installing a bed in one of the rooms at the office, touching her arms and squeezing her hands when shaking hands. The tribunal found that the Claimant’s dignity had been violated.

Age discrimination

An 89 year old NHS secretary was told by her employers that she was stuck in her ‘old secretarial ways’ and was dismissed for being unable to use a computer. However, the employers had failed to provide adequate and complete training for her which meant that her claim succeeded. Her claims for for unfair dismissal, injury to feelings (age discrimination), loss of statutory rights, failure to provide written particulars of employment and failure to comply with the ACAS code of conduct succeeded and she was awarded £200,000.00 by the tribunal.

Settlement Agreement

Sometimes in situations where you have complained about discrimination or harassment your employer may offer you a settlement agreement. We have helped numerous clients with discrimination claims who have been offered a settlement agreement and can offer you expert advice. For more information, you can visit our website page by clicking here.

Contact Us

We are based in Warrington, close to the Gemini Retail Park. We accept claims from across England and Wales. Our office is minutes away from Junction 8 of the M62 and has free parking together with disabled access, including a disabled lift and toilets. To discuss a claim call us on 01925 937070.

Our expertise and years of experience working in the area of employment law means our clients have the best possible chance of getting their lives back on track following legal action. You can read our clients’ testimonials to see for yourself how we have helped numerous clients with their employment law issues ranging from sex discrimination to settlement agreements

If you have been discriminated against in the workplace and want to take legal action against an employer, get in touch with us today. Call 01925 937070 or complete our online contact form. Alternatively you can click here and visit the Employment Law Section of our website to find out more about the areas of employment law we can assist with.

Employment Law – Useful Information

Leaving work in any circumstance can be a truly stressful experience, especially if you have been unfairly dismissed, resigning or are a victim of harassment or bullying in the workplace.

Download DSM Legal Solicitor’s templates to provide you with the necessary outline of how to inform your employer as well as fact sheets of details if you feel you have been unfairly dismissed.

Letter Templates:

Template Grievance Letter
Appeal Against Dismissal Template Letter
Resignation Template Letter
Unfair Dismissal Fact Sheet
Unfair Redundancy Fact Sheet