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Discrimination and equal pay issues

The issues that can arise through discrimination and the right to equal pay can be stressful and confusing for everyone involved. It’s a sensitive area that needs to be handled with care. Our knowledgeable, and professional staff can do just that, giving you help, support and expert advice. It’s a relatively new, and changing area of the law, but one that’s extremely important for you as an employer to get right.

What is discrimination?

It’s important that you and your business are aware of what discrimination is, so we’ve put together a basic guide, to help you understand. From here, you can judge what legal support you might need.

  • Discrimination is the different treatment of a person or group of people on the basis of characteristics that are not relevant to the matter in hand. It is unlawful for employers and employees to discriminate against another employee but there are many aspects of anti-discrimination laws which both employers and employees are still unaware.
  • Equality Act 2010 came into force on the 1st October 2010. This consolidated almost all UK anti-discrimination laws
  • From interview to contract termination it is unlawful to discriminate against, victimise or harass an employee or worker because of a protected characteristic – which are:
    • Age
    • Disability
    • Gender reassignment
    • Marriage and civil partnership
    • Pregnancy and maternity
    • Race
    • Religion or belief
    • Sex
    • Sexual orientation
  • No minimum length of service to bring discrimination claims
  • No financial cap on award for a successful claim
  • Employers can be vicariously liable for their employees’ discriminatory acts

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