Equality and Discrimination
Claims for discrimination and breaches under the Equality Act 2010
Whilst discrimination cases are brought regularly in an Employment Tribunal, most people are less aware of their rights outside an employment context and when it comes to goods and services, public functions and higher education, colleges and universities. Discrimination can take the form of direct discrimination, disability related discrimination, indirect discrimination, and failure to make a reasonable adjustment. It can also take the form of harassment, or victimisation.
A simple failure to make reasonable adjustments to a provision, practice, criterion, or physical feature can constitute discrimination. This could be whilst out shopping, bus and rail travel, accommodation bookings or housing complications to list a few. Whilst litigation is often a last resort, unfortunately issues do arise that require expert advice and representation. Our Equality experts have dealt with discrimination cases and breaches of the Equality Act 2010 for many years.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Many cases can be resolved swiftly through open communication and alternative dispute resolution.
The main aim of our work is to ensure inclusion and accessibility in all goods and services areas, public functions and in education. We are often able to give preliminary advice about your rights without any fees involved. Very often, this will help you to resolve matters yourself.
If our initial advice is not enough to resolve the dispute, we can help you to find a solution.
Wherever possible, we will write to a service provider advising them of their potential failings and suggesting suitable adjustments or changes in policy and a compensatory award to try to resolve the issue. Should this not be possible we will seek to pursue the Defendants through the necessary court procedures and claims are actionable by way of a claim in the county court, with the possibility of seeking declarations, injunctions and damages for injury to feelings. Incidences of discrimination can be stressful and upsetting and our experts are here to assist you through the process to ensure better accessibility and services in the future.
TYPES OF PROBLEMS
We handle all kinds of discrimination claims including:
- Age discrimination
- Sex discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Discrimination due to Gender-Reassignment
- Race discrimination
- Discrimination due to marriage or civil partnerships
- Discrimination due to religion or beliefs
- Discrimination due to sexual orientation
- Discrimination due to pregnancy and maternity
Don’t let matters get out of hand. Being the victim of discrimination can be hugely upsetting and affect your confidence in the future.
Specialist advice at an early stage can prevent future incidences and help to raise awareness.
Or if your enquiry relates to an Employment matter, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist Employment Law team