Discrimination Lawyers in London
Remedy Solicitors is a legal practice specialising in employment law and business immigration.
The principal at the firm is a specialist discrimination lawyer with extensive experience in advising employees on discrimination at work.
We can advise you on what to do if you are facing discrimination at work, assess the strengths and weaknesses of your discrimination complaint, advise you on evidence and how to resolve your discrimination complaint – this could be through an internal grievance process or through an employment tribunal complaint.
Get early advice from a discrimination lawyer
In our experience, when someone is being subjected to discrimination at work, the sooner they obtain advice from a discrimination lawyer the better is it for them.
The law protects workers from discrimination on what has been termed “protected characteristics”. Workers are also protected from harassment on account of their protected characteristics.
What are protected characteristics?
Protected characteristics are the qualities people have that receive the legal protection from discrimination and are set out in law in the Equality Act 2010. There are nine of them:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion and belief
- sexual orientation
How can a discrimination lawyer help?
Discrimination is often very difficult to prove. Usually, comparators are needed. You would need to show that the treatment you received was less favourable than the comparators. As discrimination lawyers, we will be able to advise to on evidence and the strategy to prove your case.
For example, if you were dismissed from your job for a disciplinary matter, but you know that other staff in similar situations were not dismissed, this may be a sufficient reason to investigate whether your treatment was because of a protected characteristic that you hold and the others do not.
A comparator is not always needed. The law makes it unlawful for an employer to treat a disabled worker unfavourably, rather than less favourably, because of their disability. This means that the treatment of the disabled worker is not compared to the treatment of a non-disabled worker.
In some situations, an employer may have a policy in place, which although seeming neutral, disadvantages a particular group of people sharing the same protected characteristic. This would be classed as indirect discrimination.
There are strict time limits for bring discrimination complaints to an employment tribunal so you should seek advice without delay.
What can I do if I am being discriminated at work?
You can complain about your treatment at work through your employer’s grievance procedure. If the matter is serious or your employer fails to act on your grievance, you can make a complaint to an employment tribunal. As solicitors with expertise in Equality Act 2010, we are skilled in advising people who are victims of discrimination.
You do not need to resign from your job to make a complaint of discrimination. However, the complaint must be brought within three months of the date of the act of discrimination. There is no minimum service requirement to bring an employment tribunal complaint for discrimination.
Who receives protection from discrimination?
Employees, workers and job applicants receive protection from discrimination on the protected characteristics.
What remedies are available for discrimination?
The remedies for discrimination in an employment tribunal include an award for injury to feelings. If you lost your job because of unlawful discrimination you would also be entitled to an award for loss of earnings.
How can we help
We are expert employment and discrimination lawyers. Call us for an informal, no obligation, confidential discussion to see how we can help.