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If you’re being discriminated against at work

If you believe you’ve been passed over for a promotion because you’re pregnant, that might be discrimination. And if you’ve not been given work because of the colour of your skin, what you believe, or because of your sexuality, that could be discrimination too. 

You might be protected by the Equality Act

You’re protected from discrimination if you’ve been treated unfairly because of your: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or beliefs, your sex, or your sexual orientation.

Whether you’ve got evidence that you’ve been treated unfairly, or just think you have because of one of these protected characteristics, you may have grounds to make a claim. But it’s not always straightforward to argue your case. And lots of people don’t have a trade union to fight their corner or the money to pay for a firm of solicitors.  

The deadline to issue a claim is short. Usually, you only have three months less one day from the date of any act of discrimination in which to issue a claim. And before you do you first need to go through Acas early conciliation. So you need to act fast.

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Discrimination claims are complex, and having an expert on hand can be a big help. We’ll discuss your circumstances and the different types of claim you may have. Our solicitors can advise you on how to raise concerns with your employer, and how long you’ve got to act if you want to go to an employment tribunal. At every stage we’ll look out for your needs and help you shape the best strategy for your claim. We’ll:

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Brendan Donohue Sq Brendan Donohue Brendan joined Which? in 2018 and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. He has over 20 years of experience advising on all aspects of employment law. See profile
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