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Diversity and discrimination law

Domestic discrimination law has been developing for the last 40 years.  The Equality Act 2010 brought all of the existing employment legislation together into one place, and strengthened the law of unfair and unlawful treatment in the workplace.

Employment law now recognises nine “protected characteristics” (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation).

It is unlawful to discriminate (directly or indirectly), harass or victimise any person because of a protected characteristic.

Employers must be vigilant about protecting employees and workers from discrimination and must also take seriously the legal responsibility to promote fairness and equal opportunities in the workplace.  Discrimination claims represent the most costly litigation to businesses and awards of compensation for successful claimants are uncapped.

We advise all of our clients to put in place a comprehensive equal opportunity policy.   We also offer training and seminars (free to our HR Retainer Service clients) to help with the implementation and monitoring of the policy.  We help clients manage these sensitive issues when they arise in the workplace.

As with most issues, discrimination disputes and tribunal claims can be avoided by reducing the risk of unlawful conduct arising in the workplace.  This can be achieved by educating employees on what amounts to acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in the workplace.

For more information on diversity and discrimination law, please contact us:

Andrew Rowell
E-Mail andrew.rowell@spearingwaite.com
Direct Dial 0116 242 1294
Mobile 07834 868 559
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Amanda Badley
E-Mail amanda.badley@spearingwaite.com
Direct Dial 0116 242 1238
Mobile 07739 507 538
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