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Get advice on discrimination at work




What counts as unlawful discrimination at work

Discrimination at work can mean you’re treated less favourably than your colleagues. It may take many forms, for example, victimisation, harassment or failure to make reasonable adjustments. 

You may not be hired for a job or be paid less than a colleague without good reason. Discrimination is unlawful when it is associated with one of the following protected characteristics:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • race or national origin
  • religion, belief or philosophy
  • gender or sexual orientation
  • pregnancy


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Discuss your situation with us over the phone with our friendly solicitors who specialise in discrimination at work and are experienced in resolving all kinds of issues with the process.

Common questions we can answer include:

  • What are the different types of discrimination?
  • What if my employer sacks me for making a complaint of discrimination?
  • Can I be made redundant while on maternity leave?
  • Do I have to have worked for 2 years before I can complain of discrimination?
  • I believe I was not shortlisted for a vacancy because I told the potential employer that I was disabled. What can I do?
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