Discrimination at Work

We are able to advise on all forms of discrimination at work.

Discrimination Claims Lawyers Glasgow

Discrimination Lawyers Glasgow, Scotland

The law protects us from being the victims of certain types of discrimination at work, Claims of discrimination must be made within 3 months of the date of the discriminatory act.

It is illegal to discriminate against an employee on the following grounds:

  • Disability
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Age
  • Race and / or Nationality
  • Religion or Philosophical Belief
  • Sex
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Reassignment

While we deal with every type of discrimination described above, we most commonly deal with three types of discrimination:

  • Disability Discrimination
  • Sexual/Pregnancy Discrimination
  • Race or Nationality

Disability Discrimination

Disability Discrimination is a highly complex area of law and we have developed extensive experience in handling claims for clients in this area with great success.

Clients often approach us following their dismissal and tell us that they have been dismissed for being absent from work due to ill health. Quite often their absences will be connected to a long term condition and their dismissal could very well have been a case of  disability discrimination– often people do not realise that they are disabled (at least in the legal sense) when in fact they are.

You are regarded as ‘disabled’ for the purposes of UK employment law if you have a physical or mental impairment which has both a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to carry out day to day activities.

In addition, the following conditions are specifically protected by disability discrimination legislation: Cancer, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, “Severe Disfigurement” and Blindness.

Disabled people are entitled to have their employer make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to assist them in carrying out their employment duties. Obviously, what is reasonable depends on the size and nature of the business.

Disabled people are entitled to the same benefits as their fellow employees in respect of:

  • Pay
  • Promotion
  • Training
  • Other benefits

Disability should not be a reason for dismissal or selection for redundancy. If the discrimination you have suffered resulted in dismissal, you may be able to make a claim for unfair dismissal as well as disability discrimination.

Sex/Pregnancy Discrimination

Sometimes employers dismiss their female employee shortly after discovering that the employee is pregnant. We would strongly encourage women to contact us if they think that their dismissal, or any other detriment they have suffered at work, is connected with their pregnancy.

When you become pregnant, you are entitled to:

  • Time off work to attend antenatal classes
  • Maternity Leave
  • Payment of Maternity benefits
  • Protection against discrimination or unfair treatment as a result of your pregnancy or other protected characteristic.

If you are denied these basic rights or you are dismissed, disciplined, suspended, , demoted, unlawfully paid a reduced wage, forced to resign, denied training and development opportunities, selected for redundancy or denied any other right which is protected by law you will be able to raise a claim for discrimination against your employer.

You do not have had to have worked for your employer for any length of time to make such a claim, but you must bring your claim within three months of the most recent discriminatory act.

At Alexander McBurney Solicitors, we have an excellent track record of representing our clients in employment tribunal discrimination claims.

Discrimination Lawyers Scotland

If you think you have been discriminated against at work, call us on 0141 576 4808 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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