The Equality Act 2010 is a very comprehensive piece of UK legislation that prevents employers from engaging in discriminatory practices in the workplace.  Any claim of discrimination by employers that is brought before Employment Tribunals is taken very seriously, and can result in heavy financial penalties for employers found guilty of being discriminatory. 

As a result employers must work to remove any discriminatory practices from their workplace, and ensure that their employees are protected from such conduct.  

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Discrimination in the Workplace

The team at Employment Law Edinburgh are very familiar with the legislation relating to discrimination, and regularly advise employees on how to deal with an employer who they believe is being discriminatory in the work environment.  Our specialist employment lawyers regularly advise on the following;

We at Employment Law Edinburgh are very proud of our history of working with employees, and bring our insight and experience to the fore in aiding employees to resolve issues relating to discrimination in the workplace.

Workplace Harassment

The Equality Act 2010 prohibits bullying and harassment in the workplace. For employees the impact of such behaviour, either from fellow workers or bosses can be significant and very difficult to deal with. For employers, such conduct creates disharmony in the workforce leading to poor productivity. Further, the employer may find themselves facing a tribunal or court case where compensation can be significant.

It is therefore in the interests of all parties to ensure that there is harmony in the workplace. It is for the employer to put in place clear guidelines about acceptable behaviour, clear guidance that bullying and harassment will not be tolerated and will be quickly dealt with through clear and robust policies.

What is bullying or harassing behaviour?

Basically this is behaviour carried out either by an individual or a group that makes a fellow worker feel intimidated or demeaned. It can occur in many ways such as victimising a person, making offensive comments to them or undermining the person through repeated unwarranted criticism. This can be behaviour by a boss or it could be happening with the employer unaware of it. Such behaviour can happen only once or can be part of a pattern of behaviour. It can also occur face to face or through written communications such as emails.

Harassing behaviour again demeans and is basically unwanted conduct linked to factors such as sex, race, age or disability. The Equality Act outlaws harassing behaviour and it will be viewed very seriously should an employer tolerate such conduct or act in that way themselves.

What should you do if you are subjected to bullying or harassment in the workplace?

Many people do not wish to confront such behaviour. Resignation should not be considered and employees should report such conduct immediately to their manager or a person they feel able to confide in. Reporting of such a matter should be entirely confidential. It is then for the employer to invoke the relevant clear procedures to ensure that the matter is investigated and the conduct quickly stopped.

Contact our Work Discrimination Solicitors in Edinburgh

Please contact our expert Employment Law Edinburgh solicitors. We will take the time to listen to your situation and will advise accordingly.

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