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Equality at Work

In October 2010 the Equality Act came into force. The purpose of the Act is to consolidate, harmonise and replace previous legislation.

The Act will strengthen particular aspects of equality law and cover the same groups that were protected by previous legislation.

These groups include people protected due to race, disability, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, age, marriage and civil partnership.

The new Act protects against discrimination in the workplace in relation to the following categories;

  • disability
  • race
  • age
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership

The above are known as protected characteristics.

Discrimination can take various forms. There can be Direct Discrimination, Indirect Discrimination, Harassment and Victimisation.

If you believe you have been discriminated against NJL solicitors can offer expert legal advice and assist in preparing any potential case.

The area of discrimination is complex and it is important to gather as much evidence as possible to support any claim.

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