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Employment Solicitors – Making it simpler to Deal with Age Discrimination Cases

22nd August 2011
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Cases such as discrimination at work, bullying and harassment, bonus issues, unfair dismissal and other problems at work place can be taken to Employment Tribunals when an employee seeks fair compensation. Though there are no particular charges for hearing in an Employment Tribunal, the complete legal process can be complex and a claimant often requires the assistance of experienced legal practitioners to get a fair hearing. Employment solicitors specialise in employment law and advise employees on how to manage and resolve problems independently and through the assistance of solicitors in mediation and alternative dispute resolution procedures.

Handling cases of age discrimination is one of the many cases dealt with by employment solicitors. Discrimination in employment on the grounds of an employee’s age is unlawful. The Age Regulations which came into effect in 2006 were replaced by the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 prohibiting age discrimination. This Act protects employees from age discrimination in recruitment, employment terms and conditions, promotions, transfers, dismissals and vocational training.

The Regulations outlaw different types of behaviour: direct and indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment. Direct discrimination may also arise where a person is discriminated against because he/she was associated with somebody of a particular age or age group. In some circumstances, the Regulations also prohibit discrimination after the employment or working relationship has come to an end.

Direct discrimination at work occurs when a person is treated less favourably than another in a different age group, unless such treatment can be objectively justified. Victimisation is where a person is treated less favourably because he or she has made a complaint or allegation of age discrimination or is assisting some one else who was subject to discrimination due to age.

Harassment is defined as conduct related to age that violates a person’s dignity, or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them. It takes account of all circumstances, including the perception of the victim. Typical examples of harassment include derogatory comments about a person’s age or ignoring/excluding a person due to his or her age.

If you have been subject to any kind of discrimination or harassment on grounds of age, employment solicitors can help with the legal proceedings to get a fair compensation through Employment Tribunal. Pattinson and Brewer Employment Law Solicitors are the leaders in the domain of employment advice and have an established and expert team of lawyers, adept at handling cases in Employment Tribunals. . To know more about the services offered by Pattinson and Brewer Employment Law Solicitors, visit:
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