If you have suffered discrimination at work, Truth Legal can help you get compensation from your employer.
Discrimination at work arises when someone is treated unfairly because of a protected characteristic. No matter the position of the person involved, whether manager, colleague, or even supplier or customer, UK law protects you from workplace discrimination.
If your employer has not protected you from workplace discrimination, you are entitled to compensation. Truth Legal can support you through the process and hold your employers accountable.
The Equality Act 2010 sets out characteristics that are protected by law. You can therefore bring one or more of the following claims for discrimination at work:
Sex Discrimination – this applies whether you are male or female; both genders can potentially be discriminated against.
Many people feel unable to take action if they have been the victim of discrimination at work. They are frightened of the consequences – for example, that they might lose their job if they complain or that they might not be believed by their line manager or HR department, or by their colleagues. Other people might be concerned that complaining is disloyal or could upset their co-workers.
However, the law provides you with strong protection if you have been discriminated against.
If you are concerned that you are being discriminated against at work, speaking to a specialist Employment law solicitor might help you to feel more confident about whether your rights are being breached and, if so, whether you have a strong basis to make a claim.
No – you are able to bring a claim for discrimination regardless of how long you have worked somewhere.
Protection from discrimination is known as a “day-one right”. In fact, discrimination protection also applies to the recruitment process.
There are many examples of discrimination in the workplace that would be classed as unlawful. This includes:
There is no upper limit on the amount of compensation for financial loss that can be awarded for a discrimination claim. This means that the damages awarded for a successful claim could be quite high, depending on the circumstance. Tribunals will also award compensation for injury to feelings to reflect the degree of emotional distress caused by the discrimination.
Calculating compensation for discrimination is not straightforward and involves weighing up the overall impact that it has had on you.
Compensation can be awarded on a number of bases, including:
Speaking to a specialist employment solicitor about the situation might help you to gain perspective on whether harassment is taking place and, if it is, how to manage the situation if you choose to bring a claim.
Truth Legal’s Employment law experts can clearly talk you through your circumstances to evaluate whether you have a claim for discrimination at work.
Navya Shekhar, who is Head of Employment at Truth Legal, has extensive experience advising people in respect of their discrimination claims:
Navya advises that:
“If you believe that you might have a discrimination claim, it is important to speak to a qualified solicitor, who can advise you.
A solicitor with expertise in this area will be able to identify whether you have a potential discrimination claim, the strength of the claim, and the type of claim, or claims, that you might be able to bring.
In addition, a solicitor will be able to guide you through a period that is potentially emotional, stressful and difficult, and ensure that you are well-represented and able to fight your corner when you might feel least able to defend yourself.”
You might be concerned about how you will be able to fund your discrimination claim.
Truth Legal can discuss your options with you.
One option is to agree a “no win, no fee agreement” with Truth Legal. We will be able to talk to you about the merits of your claim early on. We will also be able to explain the basis on which we can advise you, so you will have a clear understanding about your legal costs.
Another option is that you may have legal expenses insurance through you home insurance or other policy that covers employment tribunal claims.
We can sometimes offer fixed fee work. This means that we will agree a price to get you to a particular point in your claim. Additional work can always be undertaken. Fixed fees allow clients to know precisely where they are up to.
Another option is that you may have legal expenses insurance, perhaps even without realising it. Home insurance policies, and other kinds of insurance policy, may sometimes include legal expenses cover. Making an employment tribunal claim is usually included in this cover, meaning that your insurer may fund your legal costs. Read our guide on legal expenses insurance to find out more.
Like most law firms, we can also accept instructions, charging you an hourly rate. We are proud to offer lower rates for such work. We will estimate the costs to get to you to particular points in your claim.
We have partnered with CrowdJustice, a leading crowdfunding platform specifically designed to help clients get access to funding for their case. Find 0ut more about Crowdfunding for legal cases.
Taking action when you are concerned that you are being discriminated at work might result in:
If you would like more information on claiming discrimination compensation, or you wish to discuss your situation, contact us today. If you require an in-depth consultation, we offer a detailed 2 hour consultation, which costs £280 incl. vat. There is no obligation to proceed further. You can book and pay for a consultation with an employment expert here.
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