You should ensure that you and your staff do not discriminate against a colleague by treating them less favourably than others because of a “protected characteristic”. These are:
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender reassignment
If a complaint of discrimination has been raised internally we can help you address this complaint and minimise the chance that it will be taken further. We can assist by providing policies dealing with equal opportunities or can advise you on dealing with a grievance if one is raised. If it’s too late and a claim is issued against the business we can advise you on the merits of the claim, the risks to the business and the likely outcome. If you do not successfully defend a claim, the business could end up paying compensation for loss of earnings and injury to feelings. The level of compensation in discrimination claims is uncapped and therefore could be costly.
We understand the pressures both financial and emotional on you and your business and can advise you on the tribunal process, costs, risks and timeframe so that you are clear as to what will be expected of you and your business.
Give us a call or email us to discuss any issues that you may be facing to head them off at the pass before they escalate.