Discrimination

It is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or job applicant because of any of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010.

The nine protected characteristics are age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and marriage and civil partnership.


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Sexual harassment: how to make staff take complaints seriously

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has once again placed the spotlight on sexual harassment reporting. Victims of sexual harassment are often...

A protest in New York in July about a US government decision to ban transgender people from serving in the US military is an example of efforts to raise awareness of the rights of transgender people in the workplace. Erik McGregor/SIPA/PA Images

Six ways to be more inclusive of transgender people in the workplace

11 Oct 2017

HR has a key role in preventing discrimination against transgender people. Jennie Kermode, author of a new book on transgender...

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Ethnicity facts and figures must be “explained or changed”

10 Oct 2017

Theresa May will challenge society to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic backgrounds are treated, as...

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Sex discrimination: female chef excluded from working at all-male barbecue

9 Oct 2017

An employment tribunal held that a female chef was discriminated against when she was rejected for extra work at a...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2017: Travel time and zero hours status

3 Oct 2017

Should you include time spent travelling when calculating employees’ working time? The number one FAQ for September deals with this...

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Acas study urges higher take-up of flexible working 

13 Sep 2017

A report published today by Acas calls for more flexible working for parents returning to work after parental leave as...

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Lammy review: Criminal records could be ‘sealed’ from employers

8 Sep 2017

Individuals’ criminal records could be sealed from employers as part of a series of recommendations made in an independent review...

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Female HR directors more likely to view workplace as sexist, reports charity

4 Sep 2017

Almost half of female HR directors and decision-makers think their workplaces are sexist, compared with just a quarter of men...

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Asda equal pay case: EAT allows mass claim to proceed

1 Sep 2017

Supermarket giant Asda has failed in its latest bid to block a mass equal pay claim against it.

Cases on...

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'Gig economy' cases on employment status, such as the recent example of Addison Lee, could increase Richard Gardner/REX/Shutterstock

Five tribunal claims that will increase in post-fees era

30 Aug 2017

Following last month’s decision of the Supreme Court declaring that employment tribunal fees were unlawful, the number of tribunal claims...

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Trans employees need better support at work, says Acas

25 Aug 2017

Managers are failing to support trans employees as much as they could in the workplace, a study by Acas has...

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Gender pay gaps and parental leave

Pay gaps need to tackle ethnicity and disability as well as gender, urges EHRC

15 Aug 2017

All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working and fathers should receive ‘use it or lose it’ parental...

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The question of whether to enhance shared parental pay for fathers has featured in case law this year

Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Supreme Court gives gay man equal pension rights

12 Jul 2017

The Supreme Court has granted an appeal in a case where a worker claimed his same-sex partner should get the...

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Sexual orientation discrimination at work: Timeline

6 Jul 2017

In July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. To mark the 50th anniversary...

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