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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Modern slavery: Why HR should be the champion for all workers’ rights 

24 Mar 2020

How much more can HR do to protect supply chains and the people that work within them, five years on from the Modern Slavery Act passing into law?

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Negative stereotypes ‘affect older employees’ perceptions about potential’

19 Mar 2020

There are “far more” negative stereotypes associated with older people in the workplace than positive ones, which are affecting how...

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DWP loses 12.5% disability discrimination claims

9 Mar 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions lost one in eight disability discrimination cases brought against it in 2016-19 – more...

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Capping disabled police officers’ pay-outs was discriminatory

28 Feb 2020

The decision to cap compensation for two police officers with disabilities to prevent them from receiving a “windfall” was unfavourable...

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DWP must pay woman £400,000 after she wins claim for race and age discrimination

25 Feb 2020

The DWP has been ordered to contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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Samira Ahmed and BBC reach equal-pay settlement

24 Feb 2020

Journalist Samira Ahmed has reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the BBC after she won an equal pay case against...

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Coming out at work: advice for employers

21 Feb 2020

After Phillip Schofield’s heartfelt Twitter post where he revealed he is gay, Philip Richardson, head of employment law at Stephensons...

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Shared parental pay case refused Supreme Court appeal

18 Feb 2020

A highly anticipated case to test whether it is discriminatory for employers to enhance maternity pay while not doing the...

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Secretary who resigned because of discrimination was constructively dismissed

18 Feb 2020

A secretary who resigned because she was asked to be complicit in discriminatory recruitment practices was constructively and unfairly dismissed,...

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Society launches veganism guidance for employers

18 Feb 2020

Following last month’s landmark ruling that ethical veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief for the purposes of the Equality Act,...

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Lawyer rejected because he was ‘expensive’ was discriminated against

13 Feb 2020

The decision to deny an experienced lawyer a job because he was considered...

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12 Feb 2020

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Sky engineer dismissed for safety issue was discriminated against

23 Jan 2020

A Sky engineer who breached health and safety rules while experiencing a mental health condition was discriminated against and unfairly...

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Workers speaking up over sexual misconduct at law firms

20 Jan 2020

Sexual misconduct complaints and cases rise sharply as #MeToo wields influence.

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