Sex & Gender Discrimination Claims
Have you endured discrimination in the workplace as a result of your gender or sexual orientation? If so, our specialist employment lawyers are on hand to help you make a gender discrimination claim that will help you to get your life back on track.
Our sex and gender discrimination lawyers understand the distress that this type of unfair treatment can cause, which is why we will work tirelessly to gather evidence that will support your claim. We provide cost-effective and practical legal advice that will put you in the best possible position.
We have been providing legal services to people across the Wirral, Liverpool and further afield for more than 100 years - and this experience means we have the expertise required to help you.
Speak to our lawyers today about making a sex and gender discrimination claim by calling 0151 666 9090, or complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you at a time that is convenient for you.
How can our sex & gender discrimination lawyers help you?
We have a great deal of experience in helping individuals who have been treated unfairly in the workplace. We are not afraid to hold employers to account who have failed to act in accordance with gender discrimination law. The impact that such events can have on your life are often long-lasting, which is why we will do our utmost to provide the support you need.
Our specialist lawyers understand that very often employees are reluctant to bring a case against their current or former employer, which is why we are determined to make the legal process as stress-free as possible for you. We will provide the support you need throughout your case, from start to finish.
Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors can advise you if you are an employee and have been treated unfairly at work because of your gender. The following four types of gender discrimination are considered unlawful:
- Direct Discrimination - If there are similar circumstances and somebody is favoured (or disfavoured) based on their gender or sexual orientation
- Indirect Discrimination - When there are rules or arrangements created for the company which creates a disadvantage for somebody of a particular gender or sexual orientation
- Harassment - when there is harassment purely based on sexual orientation or gender, for the example suggestive comments made to a female or disparaging comments about somebody's sexuality
- Victimisation - In law this can have a completely different meaning to normal language - it means when somebody is victimised BECAUSE they have taken an action against the company on the grounds of either gender or sexual orientation reasons
According to Equality Act 2010 it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against you on the grounds of sex or gender. Thus you have a legal right to make a claim based to an Employment Tribunal or use a grievance procedure.
Why choose Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors?
Choosing Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors to handle your sex and gender discrimination claim means you are in safe hands. We will support you every step of the way, providing the highest standard of service that puts you in the strongest possible position.
We are proud of our history, and have been providing legal services to people across the Wirral, Liverpool and further afield for more than a century. This history means we have earned a strong reputation among the local community, and are renowned for our high standards.
We hold a number of industry accreditations, including Lexcel, the Law Society's quality standard. This means we are recognised for providing top-tier legal services to our clients.
What can I do if I have experienced gender discrimination in the workplace?
If you have been subjected to gender discrimination in the workplace, it is important to act as quickly as possible. In the majority of cases, you only have three months from the date of the most recent discriminatory act to start a complaint at an employment tribunal.
You can bring complaints against your employer, as well as individual perpetrators of the discrimination or harrassment.
Before this can be carried out, you need to submit details of your claim to the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) so they can establish whether your employer will agree to ‘early conciliation’. This process can take up to a month, which will be added to the three-month period if necessary.
If the ACAS conciliation fails, our solicitors may be able to file a claim at an employment tribunal on your behalf. Contact us today and we can advise you on next steps.
Who is liable for gender discrimination in the workplace?
Your employer could be liable for discrimination if they have directly or indirectly discriminated against you. They can also be held responsible for discrimination on the part of another of their employees, for example, a manager. If a colleague has discriminated against you, you may also have an eligible claim against that person for damages, as well as your employer.
How do I prove that gender discrimination in the workplace has happened?
The individual making the claim must be able to provide evidence that discrimination has occurred. The tribunal will take a view on the balance of all the evidence as to who they believe, where there is disputed accounts/evidence.
If you believe you have suffered gender discrimination at work, ensure you keep a log of all incidents that have taken place, which can be used by your solicitor to strengthen your case.