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Marriage / Civil partnerships

Marriage / Civil partnerships

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    What is marital status discrimination?

    Marital Status discrimination is when a person is treated less favourably than another at work by your employer or other employees because of their marital status. For this section marital status will refer to marriage and civil partnerships.


    How does discrimination happen?

    You can be discriminated against based on your marital status in different working activities or during the recruitment process. For instance, if your employer knows you are newly married, they may expect you to take maternity or paternity leave in the next few years and pass you over for promotion or training on the assumption that you will not be there too long before needing time off. 


    How to claim marital status discrimination

    It is always better to informally talk to your manager and if that does not work, the best thing to do would be to write a formal complaint to the HR department, you could then bring a claim for marital status discrimination to the Employment Tribunal. Our advisers will be delighted to assist you during the process, so please remember that you are not alone.


    How we can help

    We would be delighted to act on your behalf to negotiate whether there has, in our experts opinion, been any discrimination made against you or your employment application, To gain our assistance you need to open a case, this is done by taking advantage of our free consultation service, activated by the link at the top of the page, should you wish to start a case the caseworker will send you the suitable payment link.


    Please note your caseworker can only give generic advice, their role is to prepare your details for handling by our legal team and to act as your point of contact, they will also issue you with your Password and PIN, these will be needed to log onto your client dashboard. From your dashboard you will be able to manage and view every aspect of your case, upload documents, images, files etc.


    Your legal team will carefully examine the employers policies/procedures on the matter and if there is an identified issue, we would seek to assist you in bringing about a fair solution by mediating between yourself and your employer. If a solution cannot be found then we would support you in lodging a claim via an employment tribunal. You should be conscious of the strict time constraints as discrimination claims must be brought to an Employment Tribunal within three months of the alleged discriminatory act. We do tend to find that employers tend to be significantly more responsive when you have taken steps to obtain professional legal advice.

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