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Diversity & Discrimination

Diversity & Discrimination

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Equal opportunities in the workplace is an extremely important matter for employers to consider. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits discrimination in the workplace, and sets out the various protections given to individuals where they have a “protected characteristic”.

Individuals are protected from discrimination in respect of the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

Bearing in mind the different characteristics that are protected and the various obligations imposed on employers in respect of each, it is important that employers are up to speed with current requirements. Further, given that individual employees can be also be liable for acts of discrimination, it is also important for employers to ensure that their staff have received the appropriate training.

Our employment lawyers provide bespoke training to businesses and their staff on diversity and discrimination, to ensure that they are educated on their obligations in these areas. We also draft or review existing equal opportunities policies.

We also help businesses navigate complex areas such as sickness absence management and dealing with matters involving family friendly rights, which need to be dealt with carefully to ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

In the event that a complaint of discrimination is made, whether internally or to an employment tribunal, our employment lawyers provide specialist advice in respect of such complaints, and guide businesses through the processes that need to be followed, the risks that need to be borne in mind, and the potential outcomes.

Key Contacts

Valerie Lambert - Partner

Valerie Lambert

Partner

+44 (0)1223 447427

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Elizabeth Swinburn - Partner

Elizabeth Swinburn

Partner

+44 (0)1223 447436

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"Valerie was absolutely fantastic in her legal strategy & planning & response times with opposing counsel which was the Chairman of the other firm. When this Chairman was not responsive on many occasions - Valerie kept her cool and responded back in an extremely cool & logical manner. I could not have asked for better counsel in my situation as she reacted extremely well in my case against an opposing legal entity that represented a very large Italian EPC company. This case was settled quickly and amicably by her"
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“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
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"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
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"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
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