Discrimination Compensation Claims
Have you been the victim of discrimination in your workplace? Claims National are discrimination experts and can help you make a claim for compensation.
Discrimination means treating some people differently from others. It isn’t always unlawful – some people are paid different wages depending on their status and skills. There are various types of discrimination that can take place, including sex, age and race discrimination. Each of them have different rules and regulations governing them.
Discrimination of any kind is completely unacceptable which is why if you have experienced any kind of discrimination in your workplace it is important to get help and advice as soon as possible.
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Equality and discrimination are covered under the Employment Equality Acts 1998-2015, and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005. The Act states that all employees should be treated fairly and with equality, and discrimination of any kind is forbidden. Discrimination can occur in many different grounds and in various ways. The 9 most common discrimination grounds are; age, civil status, disability, family status, gender, membership of the traveller community, race, religious belief, and sexual orientation.
All employees should be made fully aware that discrimination will not be tolerated in the workplace, as it can have a massive negative impact on the victim’s life. Being discriminated at the workplace can make the victim’s feel degraded and humiliated, have low morale and productivity, have increased absences and could potentially gain work related stress illnesses.
It is significant for employers to have a harassment and bullying policy in place, as discrimination in the workplace is at their liability. The employer must also ensure that all employees fully understand the policy, and feel that they can talk to somebody if they feel that they are being discriminated in any form.
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Discrimination can be direct or indirect, intentional or unintentional, but either way, can make life difficult for the victim; making them not want to come to work. It is a form of bullying, and can lead to devastating mental health illnesses, such as anxiety. Direct discrimination is when a person treats someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic, such as their gender or religion, to name a couple. The main reason for the occurrence of direct discrimination is that an assumption is made about people’s characteristics, or their characteristics are negatively stereotyped.
Indirect discrimination is when an unreasonable condition is imposed upon someone, or a group of people, putting that person/people at a disadvantage. The main reason for indirect discrimination is when a new rule or regulation is set in the workplace, only applying to some of the staff.
As an employer, it is part of your duty of care to ensure that discrimination does not take place at work, as well as implementing practices and procedures to resolve any discrimination issues that may occur. Failure to do so, can enable the discriminated employee to make a claim for compensation, of which they may be able to claim up to a 4 years’ salary.