Being discriminated against in the workplace is unpleasant and demeaning and can often make the victim of that discrimination feel isolated and threatened. What is more, those who are discriminated against can suffer financial loss, harm to their careers, emotional distress and even medical conditions such as depression. To make matters worse, those responsible for the discrimination are often those whose behaviour is the most difficult to influence such as employers, managers and supervisors.
However, you do not have to tolerate discrimination. Many forms of discrimination are not only illegal but are contrary to the SRA Code of conduct and steps can be taken to ensure that the discrimination stops and/or you are compensated for that to which you have been subject. The Lawyers Defence Group can assist you with this.
Discrimination can occur in a number of different ways – and often it will be when an employer treats one employee less favourably than another. This could take the form of a female employee being paid less than a male colleague for doing the same or an equivalent job, or an employee being refused opportunities offered to other colleagues because of their race, religion or sexual orientation.
Normally, to be unlawful, discrimination needs to be related to a persons:
- marriage or civil partnership status;
- gender reassignment;
- pregnancy and maternity/paternity;
- sexual orientation;
- race, colour, ethnicity and nationality;
- religion or belief; or
and will normally in respect of direct or indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation or failure to make reasonable adjustment.
In addition, it could be in relation to part-time or fixed-term contract status, bullying or other unfair treatment.
If you are being discriminated against – whether it is in the workplace or elsewhere – then contact the Lawyers Defence Group and we will help you to take the appropriate steps to stop the discrimination and/or obtain appropriate compensation. You can contact us by:
- telephoning during office hours – 0845 216 2000,
- requesting a call-back using the call-back request form to the right,
- telephoning our out of hours number (but please only in an emergency – for example when someone has been arrested or you believe that your firm might be about to be intervened in) 07952 861 868,
- emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- writing to us at one of the addresses at the bottom of this web page.