If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination then you may have a grievance. However, not all discrimination is against the law; it’s important to understand what counts as discrimination.
If you believe that you may have cause for complaint but you are unsure if this is truly the case, then we may be able to help. At Khan McKenzie Solicitors our experts in discrimination law can evaluate your case and tell you how best to proceed, Our offices in Birmingham and Wolverhampton are at your disposal.
The areas of discrimination that apply under the Discrimination Act 2010 are:
- Age – you can be discriminated against because you are deemed to be too old, or too young, or how old you are perceived to be (if for example you look younger than you are and are discriminated against because of this). There are also areas of age discrimination that deal with other people with whom you are associated. If in doubt give us a call.
- Sexual orientation– Your sexual orientation is your business, and you should not be the subject of discrimination because of it. If you believe that you have been discriminated against on account of your sexual orientation or perceived orientation then you may have a case.
- Gender – You should not face discrimination on account of your gender.
- Gender reassignment – As with the two previous topics, you should not face discrimination as a result of having or undergoing a gender reassignment
- Race – You cannot be discriminated against on the grounds of your race.
- Disability – you may face discrimination if you are in any way disabled.
It should be realised that you can face unlawful discrimination in many aspects of life; not merely in work, though that is a common cause for complaint.
You might find yourself the subject of discrimination in health and care services; in education; in housing – both private and social; in goods and services. You might also be the subject of hate crime, which is of course an extreme example of discrimination.
The definition of what constitutes discrimination can vary according to circumstance: for example, it is possible for an employer within an organised religion to discriminate against someone on the grounds of gender, gender realignment or sexual orientation; all of which are protected rights in most other situations.
If you believe you may have grounds for action as a result of any kind of unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 you should begin the process by asking the other party questions in order to establish their grounds for behaving as they have done. The first stage is generally to ask these questions informally, and, if you are not satisfied with the answers you receive, to ask these and further questions in writing.
There are certain procedures that you should follow for putting these questions to the other party, and for guidance and advice on this you are urged to seek professional help. At Khan McKenzie Solicitors we can help ensure that you follow the best possible route to a fruitful or satisfactory conclusion. Please contact either our Birmingham or our Wolverhampton office for expert advice and guidance in this matter.