Discrimination Claims – what are they?
Employment tribunal discrimination claims can take a number of forms and typically relate to employees being dismissed by their employer for a discriminatory reason. For example, all employees have the right not to be discriminated against because of their gender, age or race, so if you are made redundant, dismissed or forced into quitting your job for one of these reasons, you might have a discrimination claim. The most common forms of discrimination claims are as follows;
Sex discrimination
This is when you are discriminated against because of your gender. Typically it is women who report being discriminated against but it is also possible for men to be discriminated against because of their gender. As well as dismissals and redundancies, one common issue here women being paid less than men despite doing the same job, or being passed over for promotion despite being just as qualified. It can sometimes be hard to prove your sex discrimination case, so it is worth collecting all the evidence you can to give your case the best possible chance of succeeding. For more information about equal pay rights – visit our specialist Equal Pay Claims website. Alternately, click here for more about employment tribunal sex discrimination.
Pregnancy discrimination
Employers are not allowed to force pregnant women to quit or to fire them because of their pregnancy and the situation has improved over the years, but some women still find that they are discriminated against for being pregnant. If you fear that you have been unfairly dismissedor made redundant because of your pregnancy, then you should seek legal advice. Also, if you are made to do work that could be a health and safety issue due to your pregnancy, this could also give rise to a discrimination claim .For more information about pregnancy discrimination at work, visit our specialist Pregnancy Discrimination website.
Maternity discrimination
Similarly to pregnancy discrimination, maternity discrimination affects female employees and it typically refers to your maternity leave when you have a baby. There are quite a few situations in which maternity discrimination can occur, such as if you are dismissed because your employer says they cannot afford to pay your maternity pay, or if you are dismissed simply for asking for your maternity leave. Also, if you are demoted or denied promotion opportunities due to your maternity leave, this could also be discrimination.
Disability discrimination
Disability can take many forms, and so can disability discrimination. For instance, if you are passed over for promotion or are demoted because of your disability, this could be discrimination. If you are dismissed or chosen for redundancy for no other reason than your disability, this is also discrimination. Also, your employer has a responsibility to make reasonable allowances or adjustments to enable you to do your job, so if they refuse to do this and it impacts on your ability to do your job, this could also be a case of discrimination. Read more about employment tribunal disability discrimination claims.
Age discrimination
Age discrimination is something that affects both young and old people. For example, an older person might feel as though they have been forced into retiring early, while a young person might feel as though they have been bullied and forced into quitting their job as a result. These could both be cases of age discrimination. Read more about employment tribunal age discrimination.

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There are many different types of  employment tribunal discrimination claims – so if you think you have a valid claim, it is definitely worth speaking to one of our specialist Employment Tribunal Solicitors about your situation.
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