Sex discrimination at work solicitors

Sex discrimination is one of the protected areas of discrimination, so if you have been experiencing sexual discrimination in the workplace, contact us.

In England and Wales it is against the law to discriminate against an employee on the basis of their sex. Sexual discrimination is one of the protected areas of discrimination, so if you have been a victim of sexual discrimination at work, our employment law solicitors can help you.

Your employer can be held liable for sexual discrimination incidents against you that is conducted by an employee. There is no upper limit to compensation awards in discrimination cases.

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How can I prove that I have been a victim of sexual discrimination at work?

Discrimination cases can be hard to prove and there are 2 stages. In the first stage, the tribunal will look at the facts to decide whether they think the law has been breached by the employer and sex discrimination has taken place. If so, then in stage 2 it falls to the employer to show that they did not breach the law. If they fail to do so then the employment tribunal must hold that there was a breach of the law in the form of sexual discrimination.

Sex discrimination can manifest itself in various forms:

  • being passed over for promotion because of pregnancy
  • being victimised because of making a formal complaint about sexual discrimination, or supporting a colleague in their complaint about sexual discrimination
  • being paid less than your counterparts of the opposite sex who are doing the same job (see equal pay claims)
  • being treated less favourably because of gender reassignment

I have been passed over for promotion because I am the wrong gender. Can I claim for sexual discrimination?

Some jobs do require the employee to be of a certain sex. For example, a refuge for men or women may prefer to employ people of the same sex, to make their residents feel protected.

An employer may also decide to hire members of a specific sex to redress the gender imbalance in the company, in which case, the employer may have a legitimate reason for advertising a role for that sex.

Why you need to act now

You must submit your claim for sexual discrimination three months less one day from the date of the discrimination.

By law, you must also register your intention to lodge an employment tribunal claim with ACAS, who will attempt to resolve the issue between you and your employer. If you don't reach a settlement through ACAS, they will give you a certificate stating that you have 'fulfilled mandatory conciliation'. The employment tribunal time limit may be extended by up to 1 month from the date of this certificate.

Once that has been done, you can then proceed with your claim to the employment tribunal.

Fixed fee sexual discrimination solicitors

Our employment law solicitors can advise you on your sex discrimination claim for a fixed fee. All fees will be agreed with you before any work begins. Our prices are fixed and you are kept informed at every stage of your claim, so you will not get any surprises.

Funding your employment law claim

We provide fixed fee employment law services. We can provide a 1 hour consultation with an employment solicitor for £240 (including VAT) or a comprehensive claims report for £450 (including VAT).

We also offer hourly rate services for more complex employment claims and funding through legal expenses insurance (LEI).

Find out more about our fees and how to fund your employment law claim.

Making a discrimination at work claim

To make a discrimination claim, it must relate to a protected characteristic and early conciliation must be started within 3 months, less one day, of the discrimination taking place. If this criteria hasn't been met, the tribunal is unlikely to have the power to hear your case and we’ll be unable to help with your case at this time.

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