Discrimination and disability

Discrimination laws cover all areas of employment including job adverts and the recruitment process, terms and conditions of work, conduct during employment and social events at work. They also cover dismissal and any work related matters arising after the employment has ended, such as giving references.

The law also protects agency workers, freelance workers, consultants, partners and directors as well as employees. Therefore, businesses need to be aware of the wide-ranging impact of discrimination law.

The Equality Act 2010 covers discrimination in respect of the following specific protected characteristics: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation.

The law on discrimination is one of the most complex areas of UK employment law, as discrimination can occur in a number of ways, and need not even be deliberate. We recognise that avoiding discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace is important.

We can help you avoid breaches of the law and the consequences when a discrimination claim reaches the Employment Tribunal.

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