How do you make a complaint to your employer about discrimination?.
There are many different types of discrimination. The most common and recognised forms of discrimination include:-
- Sexual discrimination
- Racial discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Religion or belief discrimination
If you feel that you are a victim of any of these types of discrimination, you should raise the matter with your employer.
Sending a letter to your employer
Your letter should set out the circumstances under which you believe you have been discriminated against.
The letter should set out the basis that you feel you have been discriminated against. The letter should refer to any statute that is relevant to the discrimination. Your letter should start by referring to the relevant act, i.e. sexual discrimination or equal pay etc and should state the grounds for your belief that you have been discriminated against.
This should explain exact date and times of the discrimination, the full names of parties involved, the words used or actions against you that you believe amounted to the discrimination and any other relevant information.
Once you have outlined the details you should include the paragraph "I consider this treatment may have been unlawful".
You may then add reasons why you believe the treatment has been unlawful.
You should in addition consider whether you state the discrimination to have been direct, indirect, harassment or victimisation.
Direct discrimination occurs when you are simply treated less favourably than a colleague.
Indirect discrimination occurs when a condition or rule of your employment favours one group of employees over and above you. This could relate to your age or physical ability.
This could be offensive of intimidating behaviour (sexist or racist language).
This can occur if you are treated unfavourably because you have previously made a complaint for discrimination.
You should conclude your letter by asking your employer to answer the following:
- Whether they agree with the version of events you have outlined; and
- Whether they agree that that treatment was unlawful discrimination
You should send the letter to your employer and request a response from them within a reasonable period of time. You should ensure that you retain a copy of the letter for your own records and that it is dated.
How long before you receive a reply?
You should receive a reply from your employer within a reasonable period of time. However, if you have still not received a reply within eight weeks you are entitled to take the matter further by seeking legal advice or taking the matter to an Employment Tribunal.
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