Discrimination in the Workplace

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Discrimination in the Workplace

If you have been discriminated against at work, regardless of the reason, our solicitors are here to help you. We have amassed the experience and expertise necessary to help victims of discrimination at work to understand their legal rights and to, ultimately, achieve the result they want following legal action.

To get in touch with a specialist solicitor, call 0345 872 6666 or complete our online contact form and we will get back to you.

What is Discrimination in the Workplace?

Discrimination in the workplace is when an employer treats one or more employees less favourably than others. It can be based on any of the following characteristics:

  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Pregnancy/ maternity
  • Race/ ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Religious / philosophical belief
  • Marriage and civil partnership

It can also take place at any stage during your employment, whether you’re applying for a job, doing your job, in selection for dismissal or redundancy, left out of promotion, transfer or training opportunities, or it is featured in your employee contract, pay or benefits. If you have been the victim of discrimination, we can help you claim compensation.

Types of Discrimination

There are three main types of discrimination in the workplace:

Direct Discrimination

This is when an employee is treated unfairly or not offered the same opportunities as others because of any of the characteristics above.

Examples of direct discrimination include refusing to pay people the same salary for performing the same job or only making training available to certain workers.

Indirect Discrimination

This happens when a workplace rule or practice leaves one group of employees at a disadvantage. It is only acceptable if the condition is legitimate for the running of the business and there is no more proportionate and less discriminatory way of achieving the desired aim.

An example could be making all employees come to work clean-shaven, which would affect those with certain religious beliefs.


This is when an employee is treated differently or unfairly because they have tried to make a discrimination complaint against the employer in the past.

Why Choose JMW?

Our specialist employment team has represented many individuals who have been discriminated against at work. This means we are well equipped to help you try to resolve the issue or make a claim against an employer for the maximum possible amount of compensation. We will not only help you make a successful claim, but can help to ensure that this behaviour does not happen again.

The law surrounding discrimination can be incredibly complex, but our lawyers will explain all your options clearly so you understand what is going to happen.

Talk to Us

To find out more about your rights relating to discrimination in the workplace claims, speak to an employment law solicitor at JMW by calling 0345 872 6666 or complete our online contact form and let us know a suitable time to get in touch with you.