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The experts in Employment Law claims

Oakwood Solicitors Ltd has a dedicated team of leading Employment law solicitors and support staff, helping clients nationwide.

We are able to offer expert advice on all potential claims you may have against your employer, in both Employment Tribunals and the Civil Courts. We work to maximise your damages whilst keeping all costs to a minimum.

What is workplace discrimination?

If you are being treated unfairly or unfavourably compared to your colleagues because of who you are, you may have a discrimination claim.

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnerships
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

What does workplace discrimination look like?

Discrimination in the workplace is not necessarily obvious. Please see below the different forms of discrimination which may present themselves in the workplace:

  • Direct Discrimination – Treating a person less favourably because of one or more Protected Characteristics.
  • Indirect DiscriminationThere may be a workplace provision, criterion, or practice (PCP) which is not intended to be discriminatory but which has the effect of disadvantaging employees with a particular Protected Characteristic. For example, a policy that unfair disadvantages a group of employees with one of the Protected Characteristics.
  • Harassment – Harassment occurs when an employee is subjected to unwanted conduct relating to one or more Protected Characteristic which has the purpose or effect of either violating the employee’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment for the employee.
  • Victimisation – Victimisation means being ‘punished’ for reporting something at work that you believe is unfair such as being discriminated against.

Are you being discriminated against?

If you believe that you are being treated unfairly at work because of one of the above protected characteristics, you may have a discrimination claim.

Please contact Oakwood Solicitors Ltd as soon as possible to speak to one of our employment advisors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I raise a grievance?

Employees are expected to raise a grievance in order to resolve a work related dispute before going to tribunal and if they do not then any compensation awarded may be reduced by 25%, for failure to follow the ACAS code on Disciplinaries and Grievances (click here to check out the ACAS code.)

Employees should follow the grievance procedure in their Staff Handbook. If you do not have a Staff Handbook, why not take a look at our guidance on raising a Grievance in the workplace by clicking here.

Please keep in mind that there are strict time limits to pursue claims in the Employment Tribunal. Please read below for more information on time limits.

I have raised a grievance and in doing so, matters have become worse at work. What can I do now?

Many claims of victimisation arise as a result of a grievance being raised.  An employer may be resentful about the fact that you raised a formal complaint which may result in you being subjected to victimisation.

If you are being victimised for raising a grievance in relation to the way you are being treated at work, please contact Oakwood Solicitors Ltd to see if we can help.

Do I need to collect any evidence of discrimination?

Collecting evidence is hugely beneficial to your claim. It is important to keep a chronology of events to work out your time limit for submitting your claim in the tribunal. Please read below for more information on time limits.

Would I need to resign to make my claim?

It is not necessary to resign from your job to make a claim for discrimination. It is one of the rare claims that can be bought whilst you remain employed.

However, If you feel like you have no option but to resign, you may have a claim for Constructive Dismissal. Click here to find out more about Constructive Dismissal.

I think I am being discriminated against. What should I do now?

If you believe that you have been discriminated against because of a protected characteristic, why not get in touch today as we do not charge for initial enquiries.

Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

Do I have to have suffer repeatedly in order to have a discrimination claim?

The answer is no – just one instance would be enough to make a claim. For example, you could be denied your previous position (or a similar role) for no reason other than you recently returned from maternity leave.

Can ACAS help?

ACAS is an independent body that deals with issues in the workplace. They offer free, expert advice relating to good business practice and employment law and offer their services to both employees and employers in the hope of resolving disputes fairly.

Employees are required to contact ACAS before submitting a tribunal claim in order to create an opportunity for employer and employee to resolve matters informally before going to tribunal.

How long have I got to make a claim to the Employment Tribunal?

Generally an employee must start ACAS Early Conciliation within three months less a day from the incident or decision that they wish to complain to their employer about, even if a grievance or grievance appeal process is still ongoing.

If an employee does not start ACAS Early Conciliation within that time period then they may be prevented from bringing a claim against their employer before an Employment Tribunal.

It is important that you seek legal advice as soon as you are able to ensure that you do not inadvertently pass the time frame in which you have to bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal.

Even if you do not wish to pursue your claim in an Employment Tribunal, there could be other legal remedies available. Please contact Oakwood Solicitors for further advice.

Why use Oakwood Solicitors Ltd to make your case?

If you have been subjected to workplace discrimination, you should not have to deal with this alone. Why not contact Oakwood Solicitors Ltd today to see if we can navigate you through this difficult time.

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of Employment law.

Pursuing a discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal

If you believe that you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, please contact Oakwood Solicitors Ltd as soon as possible. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9720 to find out how we can help you.

Ian Abel
Ian Abel - Solicitor and Head of Employment

Ian Abel is a solicitor and qualified in February 2009. He specialises in and deals exclusively with Employment law.

Ian has a unique skillset that allows him to provide commercial and pragmatic advice, primarily focusing on the impact this has on the day-to-day operations of a business. His particular specialisms include large scale restructuring exercises and the Employment Law-related elements of TUPE associated with acquisitions and mergers.



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