Experts in Discrimination Legislation

Discrimination claims can be costly, not just financially, but the very nature of the claims can often cause irreparable damage to a business’s reputation. Protection from discrimination extends even during the recruitment process, so it is important to make sure that managers and staff are fully aware of their actions when acting on behalf of the business. Often employers can find themselves liable for the actions of employees whom have either intentionally or inadvertently discriminated against a colleague. There are 9 protected characteristics which are protected from unlawful discrimination. The 9 protected characteristics are:

  1. Age
  2. Disability
  3. Gender reassignment
  4. Marriage and Civil Partnership
  5. Pregnancy and maternity
  6. Race
  7. Religion or belief
  8. Sex
  9. Sexual orientation

There are many different forms of discrimination, and even policies can indirectly discriminate against those with a protected characteristic.

It is therefore vital to ensure that managers understand discrimination, and are given the tools to effectively manage staff so as to reduce the risk of claims being made. In addition, strong and clear policies and procedures should be in place so staff can understand what the business considers acceptable workplace behaviour and the consequences for non-compliance.

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