An employer must not discriminate against an employee on the grounds of a “protected characteristic”. Under the Equality Act there are 9 protected characteristics, namely:
- Gender Reassignment
- Being married or in a civil partnership
- Pregnancy or Maternity
- Religion and belief
- Sexual Orientation
Discrimination can take many forms, including direct and indirect discrimination, (in some instances) arising from a protected characteristic, harassment and victimisation.
It is essential that Employers have in place policies and procedures to prevent an employee being subjected to discrimination. The financial ceiling for injury to feeling awards in the Employment Tribunal are unlimited, and it is therefore essential as an employer you get it right. We can help you draft appropriate policies and procedures, and advise you both on the implementation of those policies and procedures, as well as defending claims brought for Discrimination. Don’t leave it until it is too late, get in touch today or visit our HR Consultancy page to find out more.