Do you think you’re being unfairly pushed out of your job? Well, you’re not alone. It’s a scenario that is happening to employees of all seniority across the country, explains Rhian Radia, employment law partner at Hodge Jones & Allen.
Unfair treatment at work can happen to anyone. I see a range of clients from junior staff right up to senior executives who have been unlawfully treated by their employers. It can begin with a hunch on the part of the employee that something is not right but that instinct is sadly often right.
It is a very employer friendly world since the introduction of Employment Tribunal fees and compulsory early conciliation through ACAS. Some employers are taking more risks in how they deal with employees since the number of employment law claims reduced dramatically following these changes.
Whilst every case is different, common issues can include unequal pay, where a woman is paid less than a male colleague for doing the same job for example, bullying at work, where an employee’s working life is made intolerable and pressure is put on them to resign and discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability or sexual orientation.
Discrimination against women who face redundancy before, during or after maternity leave and who feel that the outcome of the redundancy process is pre-determined and not genuine seems to be a real problem which is not going away.
However, unfair treatment doesn’t just happen to women. Men may be subjected to excessive work demands so that they are set up to fail. Alternatively, they may be excluded at work or taken out of the loop and not invited to important and relevant meetings. They may consider themselves to be constructively dismissed.
Even employees who feel they are doing the right thing by reporting wrongdoing in a company can experience problems. Whilst many businesses might openly encourage an open and blame free culture, whistleblowing is not always dealt with appropriately by employers and can result in the person who has reported wrongdoing being treated as the guilty party.”
Whilst every case is different, there are some important points to consider before taking action if you think you are being treated unfairly at work:
Rhian Radia is a partner and head of employment law at Hodge Jones & Allen
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