Workplace Discrimination

Examples of discrimination in the workplace

There are plenty of criteria on which an employer might unfairly discriminate against you.

Many people are aware that an employer can’t discriminate against you for the colour of your skin or because of your gender, but there are other factors such as whether you’ve had gender reassignment surgery, your sexuality or even your marital status!

These are the main things an employer may unfairly discriminate against you for:

  • Your gender or gender reassignment.
  • Your sexual orientation.
  • Your marital status.
  • Your nationality, ethnic background, race or colour.
  • Your religious beliefs, or lack of.
  • Any disability you may have.

In addition to this, your employer is also unable to discriminate against you because you have a fixed-term contract or because you are a part-time employee.

What should I do if I’m being discriminated against in the workplace?

If you feel like the discrimination can be addressed internally it could be worth trying to talk through your issues with a member of management, the HR department or your employer directly. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) may also be able to help you.

Sometimes you may not feel comfortable even beginning discussions because of the way you have been discriminated against, or you may have made your feelings clear only for the negative treatment to continue.

How can I make a compensation claim for discrimination in the workplace?

Proving that discrimination has taken place in the workplace can be aided by an expert employment law solicitor.

Seek legal advice as soon as possible.