The Equality Act 2010 sets out discrimination law in relation to people with “protected characteristics” which are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
It is unlawful to discriminate against anyone who has a protected characteristic. This has implications for businesses in terms of employment issues, as well as other factors such as the business premises layout and even the accessibility of your business website.
Direct & indirect discrimination
Direct discrimination is where you treat a person less favourably than someone else because of who they are. This can be, for example, by not employing, promoting or training someone because of their race, sex or sexual orientation. If this has occurred, you have acted unlawfully. In some cases of age discrimination, however, it may be possible to justify discrimination. This is a complex area of the law and is best negotiated by an experienced solicitor.
Indirect discrimination occurs where practices, policies or procedures have the effect of disadvantaging those with certain protected characteristics. This may not be unlawful if an employer can show that there is an “objective justification” and where the action taken is a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”.
Our specialist discrimination lawyers can advise your business on any potential pitfalls you are likely to face and will represent you should an issue arise. We have a great deal of experience in handling tribunal claims and settling disputes outside of court. Speak to one of our team today to see how we can help.
Contact us for Protected Characteristics Legal Advice Sheffield
Employment issues can be challenging, especially where there is the prospect that an employee will bring a claim against you in the employment tribunal. We understand that when disputes arise in your workplace, you require the advice and representation of a legal team you can trust to settle the matter quickly and without causing loss to your business. At Ironmonger Curtis, our lawyers are experts in discrimination law. We have the knowledge and experience to deal with any discrimination dispute swiftly and with minimal disruption.
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