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Discrimination against employees is covered by the Equality Act 2010. As well as undermining employee morale, illegal discrimination can lead to employee grievances and your business could face substantial damages as well as the costs and distraction of the case.
Discrimination law has long applied to both racial discrimination and sex discrimination. These include discrimination on the grounds of colour or ethnic origin, gender, marital status (including civil partnership), pregnancy or childbirth.
More recently, discrimination law has been extended to include age discrimination, discrimination against disabled people both in terms of employment and as customers. Discrimination on the grounds of an employee’s religious or philosophical beliefs is also illegal, as is discrimination against those undergoing gender reassignment.
Policies and procedures
To avoid illegal discrimination, our team of employment lawyers can advise on whether your procedures and policies are objective, focusing on work performance and the requirements of the job. We can also offer guidance on making reasonable adjustments to ensure all employees are able to work as efficiently as possible.