Our team of legal experts can assist with all aspects of discrimination in the workplace, as set out by the Equality Act 2010. This legislation is instrumental in promoting diversity and equality in the workplace and ensuring that all employees receive fair treatment, without discrimination. Our legal team can provide advice and help with any cases where discrimination has occurred, or where an employee is making a claim.

We can also assist with managing requests and ensuring legislation is complied with at all times. Examples of discrimination in the workplace include gender, race, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy/maternity and marriage/civil partnership.

For more information about our employment law services please call us on +44 (0)20 3475 6751 or email info@carterbond.co.uk

More information about discrimination in the workplace

The Equality Act 2010 legislates against discrimination in the workplace and ensures that any employees with “protected characteristics” doesn’t receive unfair treatment.

The named protected characteristics include: 

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Maternity
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marital status
  • Disability

The legislation provides protection for a wide group of individuals including:

  • Employees and job applicants
  • Agency and contract workers
  • Police officers and those applying to join the police
  • Partners (including an LLP) and those applying to become partners
  • Trainee advocates and barristers

As can be seen from this list, you don’t need to be in a position in order to receive the protection. In many cases the legislation extends to cover individuals who are applying for the job or role.

There are four defined types of discrimination covered by this legislation (although this increases to six when you factor in disability discrimination). These four primary types are:

  • Direct discrimination. This is when less favourable treatment is received because of a protected characteristic.
  • Indirect discrimination. This is when a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) is introduced which creates a particular disadvantage for a group of individuals who have a protected characteristic, and may also target a specific person. There may be a defence against indirect discrimination if the PCP can be justified objectively. In order to do this, the employer must be able to demonstrate it is a reasonable measure which is proportionate and has been introduced to achieve a legitimate outcome
  • Harassment relating to the protected characteristic
  • Victimising an individual because they have either raised, or helped someone else to raise, a complaint relating to discrimination. 

The application of the legislation may not always be clear-cut and may become a contentious issue. Whether you are an employer defending a claim of discrimination, or you have been discriminated against yourself, we can help.


Howard Lewis-Nunn

Employment Partner / Barrister

e: howard@carterbond.co.uk
t: +44 020 3475 2713
m: +44 07572 823 361


Acted for an associate in the banking sector who was discriminated against because of their background, and settled for a year’s worth of salary and a bonus

Advised a client in the research sector who was being harassed by their manager, and helped expose systemic abuse within the workplace

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Many ask us ‘what’s different about you?’ and we like to reply, ‘because we go the extra mile’. We see our work as building and maintaining good business relationships rather than just earning fees. How we do this is by keeping in constant contact with our clients and intermediaries. From pre to post instruction we ensure that our clients are informed of all legal issues that may impact their business and therefore lives. That is why we provide daily or weekly updates to ALL of our clients whether there is anything to tell them or not (we don’t charge for this we just see it as part of our service). We like our clients to rest peacefully knowing that when we are instructed, and we say ‘we will take it from here’ they know we mean it.

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The world is changing, and many individuals are realising that lifestyle is as vital to them as is income. We are the lucky ones who can hand pick lawyers who can provide the best quality advice but at outer city costs. Our offices are in North West London which may not be the most salubrious in the market but at the same time this allows us to charge our clients for what they pay for, our advice NOT our office space.

ALL our lawyers have previously worked in large city-based law firms and continue to practise and offer  the same high level service  they provided to clients in the City but without the pressure and demands often dictated by City law firm. This allows us to be competitive on our fees without compromising our service.

All in all, our clients win, which is the way we like it.

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