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Following the expansion of discrimination law by the Equality Act 2010, the potential scope for bringing discrimination claims has significantly increased in recent years. Discrimination claims commonly arise out of less favourable treatment of an individual or individuals because of a ‘protected characteristic’. There are nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. Call today for advice on discrimination claims today.
Our employment law solicitors appreciate that discrimination claims frequently arise out of the breakdown of employment relationships and can involve highly emotional issues. For this reason, it is often beneficial to engage the services of a skilled and experienced employment lawyer who is able to argue your case or fight your corner in a calm and professional manner, striving to achieve the best outcome for you.
Our employment law solicitors frequently advise on discrimination claims, representing both employers and employees and are happy to provide a free initial consultation.
To further complicate matters the specific statutory provisions in relation to each 'protected characteristic' differ considerably. For example, there is generally no defence of justification where there has been direct discrimination except where direct age discrimination is alleged. Similarly, disability discrimination can arise out of an employer’s failure to make reasonable adjustments. There is no such similar provision in relation to the other seven protected characteristics.
Discrimination claims are invariably complicated matters, requiring a good grasp of the relevant law. Fortunately, help is at hand with our team of dedicated employment law solicitors who have had extensive experience in providing high quality employment discrimination law advice in relation to discrimination claims.