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Equality at work

Equality at work

Prospect can provide legal advice and assistance to challenge inequality at work.

Black personThe Equality Act provides for protection against discrimination on the grounds of the following 'protected characteristics':

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marriage/civil partnership
  • Pregnancy/maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Gay coupleSexual orientation
  • Transgender.

The Act makes the following forms of 'prohibited conduct' unlawful:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation.

Person with guide dogAnd on the grounds of disability:

  • Failure to make reasonable adjustments
  • Discrimination arising in consequence of disability.

Prospect representatives can offer initial advice and may be able to represent you in the grievance process. Where the matter is complex or it seems that a tribunal case is likely, the claim will be referred to the Prospect full-time officer responsible for your branch. They will be able to advise you on all aspects of the law relating to equal rights at work, and will seek further expert advice from the union's legal officers where necessary.

There are very strict time limits for bringing claims to an Employment Tribunal and in the majority of cases a claim must be presented within three months of the incident of discrimination occurring. Complaints must have been raised through the internal grievance procedure first, as otherwise a tribunal can reduce any compensation awarded by up to 25%.

See our Members' Guide to Equality at Work for more information; the equalities area of our site has much more detail about the services and support we offer.