Apart from a few lucky people, many would say that they would rather be somewhere else other than at work. However, it is part of life, and in most cases, we carry on with no problems. Sometimes, this is not the case, and you can find yourself in a potentially awkward situation.
What do you do if you think that your employer has not fulfilled their responsibilities in employment law? Here are some of the most common breaches and what you can do about them.
If you feel that you have been treated unfairly because of your race, color or religion, then there may be a case for harassment. The same applies if you think that you have been passed over for a job or promotion because of your age, gender or disability.
There are other areas that your employer should make reasonable allowances for, including adapting the workplace due to disability or religion.
Equal Pay Discrimination
It unfortunately usually relates to women’s pay, but if you are not receiving equal pay for doing the same job, then this would be a breach of the rules.
You employer is not allowed to rectify the gap by lowering pay, so this is not an acceptable solution. They are also not allowed to harass you for alerting them to the equal pay problem.
Harassment is a form of discrimination and can take many forms. It becomes harassment when unwelcome or offensive conduct is centered on one person because of their race, religion, sex, disability or medical history.
The harassment has to be considered severe enough to be intimidating or hostile for anyone to press charges. This can include offensive jokes, slurs, name-calling, physical assaults and intimidation.
It is illegal for anyone to receive unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or verbal and physical harassment of a sexual nature.
It does not matter what sex the victim and harasser are, nor whether they are a close colleague or a worker in another branch, this will still be classed as sexual discrimination.
Similarly, anyone who is affected by the conduct is also able to report it even if they are not the target. It makes the situation plain for anyone that may consider sexually harassing someone, and reporting such an act can also not be used against the victim.
How to make a complaint
If you feel that you are the victim of any of these forms of harassment, then you need to report it to the authorities. If you are unsure how to do this, you can seek advice from an employment law firm who can advise the best course of action. It may be that you will need to retain your lawyer if the case goes to court.
Harassment of any type is not a pleasant experience and should not be tolerated. Any form of harassment must be reported to ensure that the company does not do the same thing to someone else.