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Disability Discimination

Discrimination at work – overview

Discrimination may occur before employment (job applicants), during employment or in some situations when employment has ended. It may be the result of actions by the employer, or their agents, or other colleagues.


Whistleblowing is essentially the reporting of wrongdoing in the workplace. The law has worked to protect those who speak out in this way, to ensure that their employment rights remain unaffected and that they cannot be victimized for speaking out.


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Unfair dismissal

An employee who has not been dismissed properly may have the right to claim compensation for an unfair or discriminatory dismissal, may be owed a redundancy payment, or may have the right to be paid for an unfulfilled contractual notice period.

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Top 2 questions

  • What is discrimination?

    In broad terms discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably because of a “protected characteristic” (this includes a person’s gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, pregnancy/maternity or religion and belief). The Equality Act 2010 sets out the law and it can also include harassment which is defined as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating and intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’.
  • How long do I have to bring a claim?

    In most cases, the claim must be lodged with the Employment Tribunal within 3 months (less one day) from the effective date of termination. In claims of discrimination, the period runs from the discriminatory act. The Tribunal can extend time where it is just and equitable to do so or, in discrimination claims, where the acts are continuing acts. It is rare for a Tribunal to extend time for unfair dismissal claims however.


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