All employees have the right not to be discriminated against and to be treated fairly. The law provides remedies where staff of one of the “protected categories” are treated differently from others. The protected categories are – age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or philosophical belief, race, ethnic origin or disability. The legislation applies from recruitment, to training and promotion, terms and conditions of employment, and to termination of employment and sometimes even after termination. Male and female staff also have the right to be paid the same for broadly similar work. Where this becomes an issue in the employment context, it can become very difficult both between employer and employee and between employees. The issues can be very emotive. Careful advice is needed to progress and resolve these issues.
- Advise you where you think that you may have been treated differently and unfairly because you have one of the protected characteristics
- Take any consequent action through the Tribunal and Court system where disputes remain unresolved