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Sexual, Racist or Ageist Discrimination at Work

If you feel that you have suffered any type of discrimination in the workplace or if you have been refused employment because of your gender, race, age, disability or sexual orientation, you may well be able to claim discrimination compensation on a no win no fee basis.

Have you suffered any of the following?:-

  • Different treatment at work because you are a member of a Trade Union.
  • Being treated less favourably than other employees because you have some type of disability.
  • Different treatment at work because of your gender, race, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or because you're undergoing gender reassignment.
  • Being paid differently for the same work because of your gender.

If you have suffered any of these types of treatment, then you have been discriminated against and could claim compensation from your employer.

Types of workplace discrimination

There are four main types of discrimination that are seen in the workplace and you can get compensation for all these types:-

  • Direct discrimination - This is when a worker is treated either differently or less favourably than other workers because of their race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, race or the fact that they are going through, or have undergone, gender reassignment. For example, if you are a woman who applies for a promotion but a male colleague, with less experience and fewer qualifications, gets the promotion then you may be being discriminated against and could have a good case for compensation.
  • Indirect discrimination - This is when certain practices, conditions or measures are introduced in a workplace which adversely affect one group of people more than other workers. For example, allocating certain jobs to women or making workers sit a test in a particular language which is actually not needed in the workplace.
  • Harassment - The organisation, One Workplace Equal Rights, describes harassment as "unwanted conduct that violates people's dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment on grounds of race or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief." For example, making jokes or derogatory remarks about workers, physical abuse or making sexual innuendos.
  • Victimisation - This is when an employee is treated less favourably because of something they have done or are doing. For example, if you are making a no win no fee compensation claim or have made a complaint and your life is made difficult in some way, then you are being victimised.

The law about discrimination

Discrimination is a serious matter and there are many types of legislation in place to try to protect people from discrimination in the workplace. Legislation includes the Disability Discrimination Acts, the Age Discrimination Act, the Race Relations Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Sexual Discrimination Act. This legislation requires employers to treat people fairly, no matter what "group" they belong to, and to protect workers from harassment and victimisation.

Making a claim for discrimination at work

If you have suffered discrimination at the hands of your employer, or if your employer has not taken measures to protect you from discrimination in the workplace, you should seek special legal advice from no win no fee solicitors who have expertise and knowledge in employment law. These types of lawyers will be able to advise you on your claim and help you build a case. They should also be able to provide you with a no win no fee claim basis so that you don't have to worry about costs.

One example of a successful discrimination case was that of a man who worked as a controller for Devon Fire and Rescue Services, who was awarded £100,000 in compensation because he suffered from sexual discrimination in the workplace. His career was damaged by a female colleague who made spurious complaints about him while his complaints about her were ignored.

Seek advice about your situation now by using the submission form at the top of this page or calling us freephone on 0800 234 6438.