How can employers navigate discrimination and harassment in the workplace?

Discrimination and harassment in the workplace can be difficult and complex issues for employers to navigate.

It is important to understand the legal implications of discrimination and harassment claims and the steps that should be taken to address these issues.

Types of discrimination and harassment

First, it is important to understand the different types of discrimination and harassment that are prohibited by law.

Discrimination can occur on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, disability or other protected characteristics.

Harassment is a form of discrimination that involves unwelcome behaviour or conduct that is based on a protected characteristic.

Preventing discrimination and harassment

As an employer, you have a responsibility to prevent discrimination and harassment from occurring in the workplace.

This includes providing training to employees and creating clear policies and procedures for reporting and addressing these issues.

You should also investigate all claims of discrimination and harassment and take appropriate disciplinary action against any employees found to be engaging in these behaviours.

Legal remedies

Employees who experience discrimination or harassment may be entitled to legal remedies, such as compensation for lost wages, damages for emotional distress, and injunctive relief.

If you are found to be engaging in discriminatory or harassing behaviour as an employer, you  may face legal penalties and damages.

Discrimination and harassment in the workplace can have serious consequences, so it is important to ensure you handle the matter professionally and with legal support.

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Uzma Rabi

Uzma Rabi

Employment Consultant at Mackrell.Solicitors
Uzma is a qualified employment solicitor providing consultancy services to some of the Top 100 firms and international companies. She has previously assisted the likes of Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Adecco and Oyster hr.