Job applicants, employees, agency workers and contractors all enjoy protection from discrimination and harassment under the Equality Act 2010.
The law has developed significantly over the years and the following characteristics are currently protected: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
Discrimination law is particularly complex: direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation are all prohibited.
Equal opportunities and anti-harassment policies are very important because employers are vicariously liable for any acts or omissions by their staff in the course of their employment and there is no limit on the amount of compensation that may be awarded.
We can help by:-
- Providing robust policies to minimise the risk of problems arising
- Helping you to deal swiftly and decisively with allegations of discrimination and prevent them from escalating into claims
- Vigorously defending Employment Tribunal proceedings on your behalf
- Successfully defending a professional-services client against Employment Tribunal claims for direct race, sex and age discrimination and harassment.
- Guiding a manufacturer client through the process of handling employee grievances in raising allegations of racist ‘banter’ among junior managers, leading to the dismissal of the perpetrators.