Whereas once the only types of discrimination claim that employees could bring were in the categories of sex or race discrimination, there are now several other types of discrimination that can give rise to a claim.
In addition to the two types of discrimination already mentioned, employees are protected against disability discrimination, discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief or sexual orientation, as well as age discrimination. It is also unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the grounds of part time status or because they are employed on a fixed term contract.
The first thing to be clear on is the deadline for bringing a claim. It is very easy to miss a deadline, as unlike dismissal claims, the employment relationship may be on-going while the clock is ticking on the discrimination claim.
This is why it is all the more important that employees who believe they are being discriminated against on prohibited grounds obtain specialist legal advice at the outset. Too often we find people come to us for advice only when their previous adviser has already missed the deadline. Although this can lead to a claim against the previous adviser, it is far from satisfactory for the employee.
Claims for discrimination are not capped at a set figure and so they can sometimes be far greater financially. Do you feel that you have been the victim of a prohibited form of discrimination?
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