We have seen a significant increase in enquiries about the menopause in recent months. At this stage, from a strict legal perspective, the menopause is not, in itself, protected under the Equality Act. However, it can be captured by protection from age, sex...
If an individual feels that they have been discriminated against as a result of their marital status in the course of their employment, our specialists would welcome the opportunity to discuss the case with you. We appreciate that this is often a difficult time and offer a range of funding options to help. Please complete our online enquiry form or telephone us on 01616 966 229 and we will be happy to discuss your options and guide you through the process.
Marital status discrimination is one of the lesser-known characteristics protected from unlawful discrimination, that is to say a person who is married or in a civil partnership is protected against unlawful discrimination on the basis of their legal partnership status.
It is however, important to note that the status of being unmarried or single is not protected in the same way, nor are people who intend to marry or form a civil partnership, or who have divorced/dissolved their civil partnership.
Unlike other protected characteristics, this characteristic only applies to claims brought in the Employment Tribunal, nor can employees bring a claim on the basis of harassment connected to being a married person or in a civil partnership.