Discrimination at Work

Accusations of discrimination in the workplace can be extremely damaging for any business, causing severe unrest, reduced morale and costly implications if the matter is taken to court.

It is relatively simple for an employer, without even realising it, to have policies or apply practices which unlawfully discriminate.

You as the employer can be liable not only for your own acts or omissions, but also those of your employees and workers.  Accusations of discrimination can affect the following individuals:

  • Employees
  • Workers and sub contractors
  • Potential employees
  • Employees who have left the business

It is therefore vital you have a relevant and operational equal opportunities policy in place. That policy needs to be correctly communicated so everybody is aware of their responsibilities.  

We can prepare for you bespoke equal opportunity policies tailored to your business needs and can assist you in ensuring it is communicated to all relevant personnel.

If you require more information about discrimination, or if your business is facing accusations, Clough & Willis can help.  Contact us today on 0800 083 0815, or fill out an online enquiry form. 

Common examples where discrimination maybe an issue:

  • Can you justify why you did not employ a particular job applicant? You can be liable before entering any contractual relationship.
  • Is an employee's poor performance caused by a disability?
  • Are there any adjustments you could make to enable an employee on long term sick to return to work?
  • Can you justify refusing an employee's request to work flexibly on her return from maternity?
  • Does your bonus scheme discriminate against disabled staff or those on maternity leave?
  • Does a proposed change in hours cause any problems for females with childcare responsibilities or staff with particular disabilities?

There are a number of reasons why businesses need to ensure their equal opportunities policy is correct, we have outlined some of these below.

  • Compensation for unlawful discrimination is uncapped 
  • Awards are often higher than other employment tribunal claims
  • It can reduce the chances of finding yourself in the employment tribunal in the first place 
  • A discrimination claim often 'piggy backs' the substantive unfair dismissal claim (to increase the award)
  • Happy employees
  • Avoid adverse publicity

Get in Touch Today

We will guide you through the complex nature of discrimination law to help you avoid a costly Employment Tribunal claim.  Contact the team at Clough & Willis today on 0800 083 0815, or fill out an online enquiry form.

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