Under the Equality Act 2010, the law recognises nine protected characteristics. If a person possesses one of these, he/she is protected from discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
The protected characteristics are:
- Gender re-assignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Why it is important
As an employer, it is vital that you understand your legal responsibilities in regards to discrimination law.
You are required to prevent discrimination from occurring, as well as knowing how to investigate and resolve any issues when they do occur.
It is important to train your staff to the standards of conduct and language used towards colleagues and customers.
Staff will take comfort from knowing that you have clear policies demonstrating a commitment on your part to treat everyone fairly and with dignity.
How Blackadders can help
The specialist Employment team at Blackadders are on hand to provide training to you and your business. We work with you to fight discrimination in the workplace. Our team can also review policies to ensure that you and your business are compliant with employment law.