Employment Law

Employment Law

Discrimination at Work Solicitors

If you have faced discrimination at work, it can have a serious impact on your personal and professional wellbeing. When this happens, the expert work discrimination solicitors at Clough & Willis are here to help you secure legal justice and bring an end to your mistreatment. 

We have a wealth of experience advising on equal opportunities and discrimination cases, and can help you bring your case to an employment tribunal. Whether you have been a victim of sex discrimination, gender discrimination, pregnancy or maternity discrimination , disability discrimination, race discrimination, ageism or any other form of unlawful discrimination, we can apply our specialist knowledge to help resolve your claim successfully. 

We understand how upsetting it can be to feel discriminated against at work, which is why we will aim to provide compassionate, pragmatic advice to help you achieve the best possible outcome and move forward with your life and career. 

If you have been discriminated against at work and want to discuss a legal claim, call Clough & Willis on 0800 083 0815 for a free, no-obligation chat, or fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you at a time that suits you.

How we can help

At Clough & Willis, our solicitors are experts on all aspects of employment law, and have years of experience supporting those targeted by discrimination in the workplace. 

We can provide support on the following matters: 

  • Advising you on your workplace rights, contractual protections and job discrimination laws when you feel you have been treated unfairly
  • Providing legal support on making an informal complaint to your employer or going through internal grievance processes
  • Helping you negotiate a mutually agreeable settlement or severance package with an employer out of court
  • Issuing legal proceedings and taking your case to an employment tribunal, as well as handling any subsequent appeal processes when necessary 

If you are looking to make a discrimination at work claim, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure you are able to put together the strongest possible case, and to avoid missing any key deadlines. 

With offices based in Bolton and Bury, we have worked with a wide range of clients across the North West and beyond. Regardless of your specific circumstances, we will assess the details of your case and provide clear advice on the best course of action.

When can I make a discrimination at work claim?

Under the 2010 Equality Act, it is illegal for a person to be discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of any of the following: 

  • Age
  • Gender reassignment status
  • Being married or in a civil partnership
  • Being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • Disability
  • Race, including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • Religion or beliefs
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Workplace discrimination can take a number of forms, and you may wish to pursue legal action if you have been subjected to any of the following: 

  • You are being paid less than others doing the same work for discriminatory reasons
  • You are forced to follow different rules from everyone else due to an aspect of your identity
  • You have been unfairly dismissed or forced out of your job due to discrimination
  • You have been targeted for workplace bullying and harassment

What can I do if I am being discriminated against at work?

If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against at work, you should take the following steps: 

  • Check whether the mistreatment you have experienced is specifically protected against by anti-workplace discrimination laws
  • Gather evidence to back up your complaint
  • Make an informal complaint to your employer to explain your situation, giving them an opportunity to resolve the matter internally
  • If this does not resolve the situation, lodge a formal complaint through the company’s grievance procedures
  • If the problem remains unresolved, you can take legal action at an employment tribunal. To do this, you will first need to speak to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to see if a solution can be found through its Early Conciliation process; if not, you will be able to proceed to a court hearing 

If you intend to launch employment tribunal proceedings for a discrimination case, you must normally do so within three months of the initial incident (or three months from the last in a series of incidents) about which you are complaining. For more information on how we can help you through the employment tribunal process, click here.

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Contact Clough & Willis

If you are looking for employment law advice or representation, speak to the solicitors at Clough & Willis today. With offices in Bury and Bolton, we can help you through the entire process, providing support and guidance at every stage

Contact us today to speak to an employment law solicitor by calling 0800 083 0815, or fill out an online enquiry form and we will get back to you at a convenient time.

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