The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate either directly or indirectly against married persons of either sex on the grounds of their marital status. The same law is also in place to protect those who are in a civil partnership from discrimination in the workplace.
Your relationship status is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 – this means that your employer cannot discriminate against you because of your marital status or because of who you are married to.
If you have been treated less favourably than any other employees in the workplace because of who you are married to, or in a civil partnership with, you could have grounds to make a compensation claim if this caused you to develop symptoms of stress. may be able to offer you legal assistance and help you secure the compensation award you deserve if your employer (or potential employer) has committed any of the following acts of discrimination:
- Dismissed you because you have got married or entered a civil partnership.
- Refused to offer you a job, even though you have all the relevant experience and skills, because you have just got married and your potential employer believes you will be focused on starting a family and not a career.
- Ignored you in relation to out-of-work social activities because you are married – in order to claim in this instance you must have made an official complaint.
Proving a stress at work claim is notoriously difficult and you will need help from an experienced solicitor who specialises in this particular field. can provide you with the services of an experienced solicitor who has a successful track record in the field of stress at work claims.
It is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure out are getting the best possible chance of receiving compensation for the injustice of being treated differently because of your marital status.