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Don't put up with discrimination at work

There are many types of discrimination which can take place at work. This includes sexist language, racial abuse or victimisation after making a complaint at work to name only a few. Direct discrimination is when an employer treats you less favourably than someone else. This could be in the form of a job advert, for example manual labour jobs only being open to male applicants.

Indirect discrimination isn't against a particular person but could inadvertently exclude a large number of people. For instance stating that an employee cannot wear head gear will discriminate against a number of religious groups, whether this was the intention or not.

If your employer is applying pressure for you to resign, making insensitive remarks, making an unfair selection for redundancy, refusing to provide training & promotion opportunities or failing to carry out an adequate risk assessment then they are in breach of discrimination laws. Please get in touch if you feel you are being discriminated at work.

Are you on maternity?

If so then you cannot be discriminated against in any way by your employer. You also have special protection against redundancy. Therefore if your role does become redundant your employer is obliged to offer you another suitable vacancy and you will be given priority over anyone else applying for the job.

The first 26 weeks are called Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML) and during this time you are given the same rights as if you were still at work including pay increases and holiday build up. However unless it states otherwise in your contract you will not get your normal pay rate.

After this you can choose to take an additional 26 weeks called Additional Maternity Leave (AML), which must follow on directly. During this time the terms and conditions of your employment stay the same.

Don't put up with disability discrimination

All disabled employees have exactly the same rights as able-bodied employees. Allowances have to be made regarding your disability, which can include altering work hours or making changes to the premises. If this doesn't happen then you are perfectly within your rights to ask for changes to be made. If your employer doesn't make these changes then talk to us.

We shall take you through each step you need to take to ensure that any problems are resolved.

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