Have some employers lost sight of what is right as their businesses struggle to survive? Could there be some kind of “coronamadness” amongst the business community?
Over the last few weeks, we have seen an increasing number of cases where employers have broken laws set out in The Equality Act 2010. These are just a few examples:
Considering these cases perhaps this is a good time to remind employers of the protected characteristics.
You cannot treat employees unfairly or unfavourably due to how old they are.
An employer has a duty of care toward disabled employees. You must make reasonable adjustments to remove barriers caused by a disability. There is also a special provision for disability under section 15 of the Equality Act which protects employees against discrimination for something arising as a consequence of their disability.
3. Gender reassignment
You must not discriminate against a member of staff because they are or you think they are transsexual.
4. Marriage and civil partnership
You must not treat an employee differently on account of them being married or in a civil partnership.
5. Pregnancy and maternity
This spans from the period of pregnancy through to birth and the period of maternity leave. Discrimination would involve treating a woman differently for being pregnant or on maternity leave.
The legislation protects groups of employees defined by their race, colour or nationality. Discrimination occurs when they are treated differently because of this.
7. Religion and belief
Your employees have a legal protection from discrimination because of their religion or belief (or the lack thereof).
You must not treat an employee unfairly because they are a man or a woman. The law also does not allow positive discrimination in favour of either sex as it does in other instances such as disability.
9. Sexual orientation
The Act protects individuals from discrimination on the grounds of their sexual preferences.
If you need employment law advice or feel that you have been treated unfairly by your employer please contact Irina or Lewis on 01484 821 300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com