Discrimination situations arise when an employer deals with an employee or group of employees differently than other employees.
It is illegal for an employer to discriminate on the basis of:
gender, sexual orientation, marriage, civil partnership, religion and beliefs, pregnancy, disability, nationality, colour, race, ethnic background, age.
It is also illegal for an employer to discriminate because an employee:
is on a fixed contract; orworks part time.
Direct discrimination is where when an employer deals with an employee differently than another employee because of one of the reasons outlined. For example, if a job is advertised as being only for British-born applicants.
Indirect discrimination is where a term of employment, rule or procedure results in one group of people being treated more favourably than another. For example, if a job application states that employees cannot wear head coverings, this may discriminate against certain religious groups.
Bullying and Harassment. An employee should not be subject to offensive or intimidating behaviour. This includes any behaviour that injures, undermines or humiliates. For example, distributing pornographic material or using an offensive nickname.
Victimisation – an employer cannot treat an employee differently simply because they have made a complaint about discrimination.
The majority of claims in the Employment Tribunals must be brought within three months of the date of the act of discrimination complained off.
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