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On July 30, 2015

“Her face doesn’t fit”

“Sometimes I look at the way they treat me and the way they treat someone else and I think that’s not right.”
If an employer or manager treats you unfairly because you are a woman and/or because you are from an ethnic minority group or hold a particular religion or belief, you don’t have to suffer in silence – you can take action!

What can you do if you’ve had the following experiences?

  • You didn’t get an interview even though you have relevant skills.
  • You were asked about marriage and children at interview.
  • You were turned down at interview because your clothes or hair were worn in a way that is traditional to your culture or religion.
  • Your qualifications have been used against you so you have lowered your sights.
  • You have been made redundant because you are pregnant.
  • You left your job because you were harassed.
  • You have found out that you are being paid less than others for doing the same sort of job.
  • You have not been allowed to change your hours to help with caring responsibilities.
  • You are not told about promotion opportunities.
  • You are not given the chance to undertake training or to provide cover.
  • You are told that you are not a team player, that you don’t fit in.
  • Your appraisals are never quite as good as others.

You may have been discriminated against if you have had experiences like these. This is unlawful and you can take action. It may be difficult to tell if the discrimination is because you are a woman (sex discrimination) or because you are from an ethnic minority group (race discrimination), but whether you are treated unfairly because of your sex, your race, culture or religion, or a mixture of these things – it’s all against the law. If you complain about the way you are treated to your employer or manager, you are not being a troublemaker or being disrespectful. You are asking for what is rightfully yours – to be treated with dignity and respect. It is also against the law for your employer to treat you unfairly because you have made a complaint about sex, race or other type of discrimination. Your skills are as valuable as anyone else’s – make the most of your potential!

Call us on 01425 275555 or FREEPHONE 0800 083 2755 to discuss any employment law matters. We offer a FREE initial consultation.

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