The Equality Act 2010 clearly states that it is unlawful to discriminate (or harass) on the grounds of age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Claims for discrimination and harassment are (unlike most types of unfair dismissal claim) unlimited in potential value. An injury to feeling award alone could be up to £30,000 potentially even higher following an imminent consultation process. An employee that suffers harassment on the above grounds may also seek compensation for injury to feelings and personal injury.
We act for employees and employers in relation to discrimination and harassment claims. We understand the importance of these issues to both sides and therefore when it comes to advising employers we are able to assist with strategic policy changes to minimise the prospect of successful claims.