Protected Characteristics: What are they?

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees and job applicants from being subjected to discrimination (less favourable treatment).  It makes it unlawful to treat a person, or group of people, differently or subject them to harassment on the grounds of certain defined areas. 

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour which either violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. Sexual harassment also describes situations in which people are treated less favourably because they either submit to or reject sexual conduct. Harassment may be verbal, non-verbal or physical  Verbal: Name calling … Read more

Harassment in the Workplace

Definition of harassment The Equality Act 2010 defines harassment at Section 26 as follows: A person (A) harasses another (B) if A engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic which has the purpose or effect of either: Violating B’s dignity, or Creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for B. … Read more

Redundancy could be banned to new mothers

A recent report by the Women and Equalities Committee, is calling for better protection from discrimination for new mothers. If new proposals go ahead, pregnant women and new mothers may be given better protection from redundancy at work. Following a report published by the Women and Equalities Committee, earlier this year, a redundancy ban for … Read more

Your pregnancy rights

What are your pregnancy rights in the workplace? Pregnant employees have the right to be treated the same as other employees in the workplace. They should not be discriminated against because of their pregnancy. UK law has given protection to pregnant employees by providing pregnant employee rights which aim to prevent pregnancy discrimination. Employees have been given … Read more