Discrimination in employment law can take many forms. It can be age discrimination, disability discrimination, sex discrimination, religious or belief discrimination, race discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination, which are known as “protected characteristics”. Within these categories there can be direct discrimination, such as where an employer refuses to employ someone on the grounds of their sex, race, religion or age or the discrimination can be more subtle and this is known as indirect discrimination where the employer imposes a provision, criterion or practice that makes it more difficult for somebody with a particular “protected characteristic” to comply with that requirement.
There are a number of forms which discrimination can take. People who have been discriminated against do not have to establish any minimum qualifying criteria such as length of service but establishing that discrimination has taken place or is taking place can be complex.
Davies and Partners specialist employment team has a great deal of experience in advising the victims of discrimination and they have successful argued in Employment Tribunals on behalf of their clients and won substantial damages for both injury to feelings and loss of earnings. Unlike unfair dismissal cases the compensation for loss of earnings and injury to feelings is not capped and this can lead to potentially “eye watering” awards in appropriate cases. High profile claims brought by Davies and Partners have included claims against the police and NHS Trusts.
Please contact our specialist employment law team for advice on any discrimination claim. Please contact us here