Employment law has been in the forefront of fighting discrimination. It is now unlawful to discriminate against an employee on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion and religious belief.
The discrimination legislation covers a number of different Acts of Parliament. In general the Acts all seek to make four forms of discrimination unlawful in employment law; direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation. All employers need to understand the employment law principles that govern the regulation of the workplace to give everyone fair opportunities, in order to avoid a discrimination claim. Remember, discrimination stops you getting the best out of your employees and if an employment law claim is brought there is no cap on the amount of compensation a Tribunal can award.