It is against the law to discriminate against a person on the following grounds which are known as protected characteristics:
Being or becoming a transexual person
Being married or in a civil partnership
Being pregnant or on maternity leave
On grounds of your race, colour, nationality or ethnic background
Religion / belief / or because you have no religion or belief
Sex or sexual orientation
So if a person has one of these protected characteristics he / she is protected from discrimination relating to one of them .You are protected in the workplace, in education, as a consumer, when using public services, being a member or a guest in a private club and when buying or renting property.
What actually is discrimination?
Discrimination happens if you have a protected characteristic but you are treated less favourably than other people (called direct discrimination) or
If someone puts rules or arrangements in place that apply to everyone but a person with a protected characteristic is at an unfair disadvantage.
If you are a person who has been discriminated against and you have complained about it, if you are then harassed this is called “ victimisation “ and is also against the law.
Please note that the definition of a person who is disabled is very wide. It covers almost all physical and mental conditions that have or will last for longer than 12 months (chronic conditions).
If you are associated with a person who has a protected characteristic such as a friend or family member and if you have supported their claim or complained on their behalf you are also protected from discrimination and can also bring a claim in your own right.
If you believe you have suffered discrimination please ring us for a free consultation so we can advise you.
There are strict time limits and you may only have 3 months to bring a claim to the Employment Tribunal from the date the discrimination happened.
We might be able to act for you on a No Win No Fee basis .
Discrimination is unfair and it is against the law. If it has happened to you we want to help.