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Discrimination at Work: Advice for Businesses
As a business owner you need to understand the laws related to discrimination at work. Discrimination claims are potentially costly for UK employers, and the best way to avoid such costs is to ensure you cannot be accused of discrimination in the first place.
Types of Discrimination at Work
The are various forms of discrimination are on the grounds of, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age (Protected Characteristics). The form that discrimination takes can fall into one of four categories:
- Direct Discrimination: An employer treats an employee less favourably than another person due to their sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief or age.
- Indirect Discrimination: The working environment or a rule or condition related to your business disadvantages a group of people.
- Harassment: Harassment covers things like racial abuse, sexism and generally intimidating behaviour.
- Victimisation: An employer treating an employee poorly because they have made previous complaints about things like victimisation, health and safety issues and workplace accidents.
Avoiding Discrimination at Work
It is important that employers ensure that they have policies and procedures in place to handle any potentially discriminatory incidents properly, thus avoiding the risk of a successful action against your company.
JMW's solicitors specialise in helping companies throughout the UK organise and implement such procedures; we also stay up to date with the latest developments in discrimination at work and, should you be accused of discrimination at work, will provide legal advice and defend you against the action.