Arguably the most profound development in employment law over the last 20 years has been the entrenchment of the principle of equality at the heart of every employment relationship.
The breadth of equal treatment is vast. It encompasses:
- Religion and Belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Assignment
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Part-time Working
- Fixed Term Contracts
Then there are different types of discrimination:
- Direct (including victimisation, associative and perceptive discrimination)
Bringing a claim of discrimination is daunting because of the complexity of the law and the propensity of these cases to develop a life of their own. An early expert analysis of the legal issues is essential not least because the stakes are high – compensation for discrimination is unlimited.