Unlawful discrimination can occur in the workplace when the employer or some representative of the employer (such as some other employee) takes detrimental or adverse action against an employee (or a prospective employee) on the basis of some attribute of the employee including: race, skin colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, religion, political opinion or national extraction or social origin.
Discrimination in the workplace can have devastating affects upon an employee which go beyond the workplace, and can adversely impact the employee outside of work, including impacting adversely on the employee’s home life and health. Sometimes the discrimination is in connection with the employer dismissing the employee on the basis of an unlawful or invalid reason (such as one of the attributes referred to above) or, such is the discriminatory treatment of the employee, the employee is no longer able to face going to work. In such circumstances, the employee may well be “constructively dismissed”.
No one should put up with unlawful discrimination. If you are being subjected to or have been subjected to unlawful discrimination you have the right to do something about it.
Our Employment Team can advise you of your rights and what actions you may be able to take. If you want to know more - call one of our Employment Team today