You do not have to put up with discrimination, bullying or harassment or at work. There are laws to protect you at work from being discriminated against, bullied or harassed because of your race, religion or belief, colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins.
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If you feel that you have been harassed or treated less favourably for a reason related to your race, religion or belief, then together we can establish whether you have grounds for further action. You may be able to make a claim against your employer or colleagues. Race discrimination claims are rarely straightforward as it is unusual for employers to openly treat people differently because of their race.
It does not matter if the discrimination was deliberately aimed at you or how long you have worked there, whether you are still employed or have left to be able to enforce your rights but you do need to act quickly - in most cases you will have just three months from the date the discrimination last took place to preserve your employment rights, or three months from the end of your employment if claiming unfair dismissal.
Ideally you should try and address the problem by speaking to your employer first, either informally or by raising a grievance, but we know there are times when the situation may be so intolerable that there is no alternative but to resign. In some circumstances you may be able to claim constructive unfair dismissal. Getting legal advice quickly from an expert is essential. If you wish to leave we can help negotiate an exit before you resign, avoiding the risk of putting your financial security in danger, or help you to try to remove the difficulties you are working under. You can find out more about constructive dismissal here.
Tribunals can hear complaints of discrimination from employees. It can make a declaration to state what the rights of the parties are, recommend the employer take certain steps to remove or reduce the effect of the discrimination and make an award of compensation.
Unlike in unfair dismissal, there is no ceiling on the amount of compensation a Tribunal can award if someone has been discriminated against. The award will normally include compensation for the injury to your feelings and to take account of any losses you have suffered - such as wages or your pension. The size of the awards in race discrimination cases varies. The average award in 2014-15 was £17,040.
Employment law has strict time limits. Good cases can be lost before they even start through hesitation or delay. In most cases you will have to notify Acas of a potential claim within three months of your employment ending or the last discriminatory event. It is important you get in contact with us as soon as possible so we can help before it is too late. You can find out how we can help you with our fixed fee ACAS Early Conciliation service here.
When obtaining problems with discrimination advice, there are a number of different funding methods available for our work. Our legal advisors are on hand to help with any queries regarding the various funding arrangements that are available.
If you feel you have been discriminated against without justification, we can work together to establish whether you have grounds for further action. Contact us today so we can help you to stop the treatment, settle your case or take steps to issue a claim before it is too late.
Contact us today on 08000 93 00 94 so we can help you to stop the treatment, settle your case, or take steps to issue a claim before it is too late.
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