Discrimination is a serious issue and employers can face unlimited fines if it is proved that they did not do enough to protect their employees from being discriminated against.
The rights of employees to be protected from discrimination, under the Equality Act 2010, apply from the recruitment process onwards. Discrimination can be categorised as ‘direct’, ‘indirect’ or even as ‘harassment’.
Employers have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment and bullying in the workplace, and to act if allegations of such behaviour surface.
Common examples of harassment and bullying include: deliberate exclusion, unwelcome sexual advances, misuses of power or position and preventing an employee from progressing in their career.