Discrimination against you due to your gender can happen anywhere in the workplace, looking for work, or during a recruitment process, meaning you could be entitled to compensation under a sex discrimination claim.
If you believe you have been a victim of sex discrimination in the workplace contact Powell Eddison sex discrimination lawyers today for a free initial consultation on making a sex discrimination claim.
Contact our sex discrimination lawyers by calling our Harrogate law firm on 01423 564551 or our Leeds law firm on 0113 200 7480. We are ready to speak to you confidentially about any potential claims.
What is sex discrimination?
Under the Equality Act 2010
, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against employees because of their sex.
Sex discrimination covers both genders and is illegal against men just as much as it is against women. Also, under the legislation, it is unlawful for a woman to discriminate against another woman because of her sex, and for a man to discriminate against another man because of his sex.
Examples of sex discrimination
The Equality Act 2010
states that when making sex discrimination claim you have to have experienced discrimination in one or more of four forms.
Direct sex discrimination
Direct sex discrimination is when someone (either male or female) is treated differently and not as well as other people because of their gender. For example, advertising a job and stating it is better suited to female applicants would be illegal as it would discriminate against male applicants.
Direct discrimination breaks down into three different sorts of treating someone 'less favourably' because of:
their own sex (ordinary direct discrimination)
their perceived sex (direct discrimination by perception)
their association with someone of a particular sex (direct discrimination by association).
Indirect sex discrimination
Indirect sex discrimination can occur where workplace rules, practices or procedures are applied to all staff, but disadvantages those of a particular sex. For example, a requirement in a job advert that states applicants must be six feet tall could be met by significantly fewer women than men.
An employee or job applicant claiming indirect sex discrimination must show how they have been personally disadvantaged, as well as how the discrimination has or would disadvantage other employees or applicants of the same sex.
In a few limited circumstances, indirect discrimination may be justified in law if it is necessary for the business to work. However, employers should note this can be a difficult process to prove.
Harassment claims are when you engage in unwanted behaviour towards a colleague, related to their sex. Because of this unwanted behaviour, you make them feel upset, humiliated or degraded. Harassment claims break down into one of three different types:
'unwanted conduct' related to a person's sex causing a distressing, humiliating or offensive environment for them
'unwanted conduct' of a sexual nature - this is sexual harassment
less favourable treatment of an employee because they have rejected sexual harassment or been the victim of it.
Victimisation can be claimed when you treat an employee unfairly because they’ve made a complaint about sex discrimination, or they’re supporting a colleague who has against a company.
Do you think you have been discriminated against because of your sex? If you have had your employment terminated, and think that this is because of your gender, then, in addition to a discrimination claim you could also make a case for unfair dismissal.
Whether they are employed, seeking a new job and therefore engaging in a recruitment process both male and female workers can be and are discriminated against on the basis of their gender.
Your rights under discrimination law
Employees are often unaware of their rights under discrimination law and therefore don’t know what to do or who to turn to if they’re being discriminated against.
If you feel you are being discriminated against due to your sex, it’s important to take all the correct steps in order to strengthen your negotiating position when it comes to claiming compensation for or a settlement exit package. If you’re being discriminated against at work you should:
tell your manager - put it in writing and keep a dated copy of the letter or email
talk to your HR team or trade union - they’ll be able to give you advice
collect evidence - keep a diary recording all of the times you’ve been discriminated against
raise a formal 'grievance' (complaint) if the discrimination doesn't stop. All employers must have a grievance process - ask your manager or HR team for more information on this
You could make a claim at an employment tribunal if you can't solve your problem using the grievance procedure.
Our specialist sex discrimination solicitors work in employment law cases with experience in sex discrimination claims and can help you with your sex discrimination claim.
How to get a settlement agreement after experiencing sex discrimination at work
Whether you're male or female don't suffer in silence If you believe you've been unfairly discriminated against because of your gender.
Speak to one of our experienced gender discrimination solicitors about challenging all gender-biased behaviour as you may be able to get compensation from your employer for financial loss and emotion pain.
Our specialist team of sex discrimination lawyers represent clients who have suffered discrimination in a variety of aspects of their lives. We have past experience in successfully securing compensation for clients who have suffered discrimination at the hands of many organisations.
Contact Our Sex Discrimination Solicitors in Harrogate & Leeds
If you feel you have been the subject of gender discrimination, treated less favourably due to your sex at work and are thinking of making a compensation claim threncontact us now. Our sex discrimination solicitors regularly represent clients in discrimination claims locally to our offices. We offer a NO-WIN-NO-FEE on ALL employment claims for Claimants.
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