Discrimination is a very complex area of employment law. Legally speaking, discrimination is where an employer treats an employee less favourably than others based on any of the following ‘protected characteristics’ listed in the Equality Act 2010:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
There are many different types of discrimination including complex areas such as discrimination ‘arising from’ a disability and associative discrimination. Largely however, discrimination falls into two main types; direct and indirect. Direct discrimination is where an employee is treated less favourably than others as a result of their protected characteristic, whereas indirect discrimination is where an employee is placed at a disadvantage because of their protected characteristic.
Discrimination protection applies at all stages of employment including recruitment, promotion and dismissal.
If you feel that you have been discriminated against by your employer then speak to our employment team or fill out a contact form.