In the ordinary course of events, employers have little to no involvement in their employee’s personal lives and actions outside of work. But what happens when the employee does or says something outside of the workplace which the employer feels may have a material impact on their business? Employers will become interested in employees’ extra-curricular
Under the Equality Act, employees can bring claims on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership and pregnancy/maternity.
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Whilst it can be costly and time-consuming to defend any employment claim against an employee, discrimination claims can be particularly difficult for an employer as they can be reputationally damaging.
It is essential that your business has policies and procedures in place to handle any potentially discriminatory incidents properly to avoid the risk of a successful claim by an employee. As employment law is ever-changing, we keep pace with the latest developments and can assist you in ensuring that your business and management team possess the knowledge and tools that you need to establish equality in the workplace.