Discrimination at work

Nobody should have to put up with being treated badly at work, but sadly, it happens. Discrimination can take many forms. It can be upsetting. And, if not dealt with properly, it can quickly affect home as well as work life.  As specialist employment lawyers, we see it as our duty to stand up for those who are being put down at work.

Discrimination takes many forms, and understanding exactly what has happened to you is key to us helping to hold the right people to account. There are specific rules that can make your employer - and individuals – legally liable for the way they have treated you on the grounds of your age, sex, race, age, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership. Those are known as the ‘protected characteristics’.

At Talbots Law, we specialise in helping people deal with a one-off incident, through to a campaign of discriminatory treatment. We’re here to help. We know exactly what does, and doesn’t, count as unlawful discrimination.

We also know, from our years of experience in handling cases like yours, how to put things right for you.

Why choose Talbots for advice on discrimination?

When it comes to employment law, we’re experts. But more than knowing the law inside out, we know how to apply it to your situation. That means we’ll put a stop to any disadvantage you’re suffering and get an outcome that will allow you to move on.

We recognise how difficult it can be for victims of discrimination to deal not just with the treatment they’ve received, but also with making a stand against it. You may feel intimidated by a manager, worried about your job, struggling to cope with the injustice of it all. That’s why we’ll be there every step of the way – not only for legal advice and representation, but for emotional support and guidance through your case.

Why do we do it?

At Talbots Law, we see our clients as part of the family. So, if you’re being treated unfairly in the workplace, we’ll give our all to ensure your working environment is comfortable and safe at all times.

Discrimination law claims

Not every discrimination case leads to a hearing; in fact, we have a great track record in settling actual and potential claims long before they get anywhere near the employment tribunal.  But where that’s not possible – where a hearing is the only way of getting the resolution you need – we’ll fight your case with skill and commitment.

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation

If you think you may have been discriminated against, whether before your employment has begun, during employment, or after it’s ended, talk to us today. We’ll help.

Discrimination at work FAQs

How can I prove that discrimination has taken place?
If you are claiming that you have been discriminated against, it’s likely that your case may have to go before an Employment Tribunal. While our solicitors will be by your side through the entire process to provide pragmatic advice and fair representation, it will be beneficial for you to have proof of the discrimination.

When an incident takes place, it’s useful to record as much information about the discrimination as possible. The time and date, the names of people involved and the context of the abuse are all important pieces of information worth noting down. You should also speak to your colleagues – there may be witnesses who saw the incident and could support your claim. The same can be said for on-going cases of discrimination. While your first thought may not be to put it in writing, it will certainly benefit you in regards to the court proceedings that could follow.

Someone I work with is teasing me for being gay. My manager says it’s just banter, and that I should ignore it. Should I?
 No, not if you’re offended by it. Banter is a word that’s often used to make genuine discrimination or harassment seem ok. It’s not. We understand that you may feel uncomfortable about making an issue out of this, but it’s important that you let your colleague know that their comments offend you and that you want them to stop. If they carry on, you may well have good grounds for a claim. Talk to us about the specifics of this and we’ll tell you how you should go about this.

If you’re being discriminated against in the workplace, don’t keep quiet. Speak to the solicitors at Talbots Law on 0800 118 1500 for advice you can rely on.

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