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Discrimination

Discrimination claims can be incredibly time consuming and costly for businesses. Compensation for such claims is uncapped and the reputational damage caused can be immense. So it’s crucial that you understand how discrimination can happen in the workplace, identify any potential issues promptly and deal with them effectively. It is also vital that you have robust, proactive equal opportunities policies and training in place to avoid these issues and minimise any risks to the company.

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How we can help with discrimination issues 

  • Creating or developing equal opportunities policies
  • Understanding the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 such as age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
  • Understanding the different types of discrimination that can take place, including harassment
  • Incident management and best practice
  • Disability discrimination, including whether an employee is disabled, obtaining medical evidence and reasonable adjustments
  • Advice on dealing with claims

Training

We run regular HR courses at our offices and external venues over the year designed for HR professionals and those responsible for HR within their organisation. We also run webinars on these topics. Keep an eye on the Events section of our website to see upcoming courses.

In-House Counsel

Our team of experienced lawyers is well-equipped to support you in various ways. Whether you require advice on a specific issue, additional resources due to capacity constraints, or a second opinion, we are here to help. Explore our legal counsel page for more information and details on our schedule of seminars, specifically designed for in-house counsel.

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

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Introducing your key contacts

Clive Dobbin

Partner and Head of Employment, Southampton

David Roath

Partner – Employment Team, Winchester

How we’ve helped our clients

“The best HR advice we have ever had. Very friendly and approachable, always helpful and the best HR advice we have ever had, because of their understanding of our issues and context. The advice has always been helpful, timely and well-considered. I have really benefited from the training and especially the networks. ”

HR Manager

Portsmouth College

“I have been a client of Paris Smith’s Employment law department for several years, including for the resolution of a challenging worker-related dispute. The team has been superb throughout, far exceeding my expectations in terms of their professionalism, proactiveness, pragmatism and generous spirit, often going above and beyond in their service delivery to bring the matter to a far better than hoped for conclusion. At a personal level, everyone I dealt with was delightful too. Paris Smith will certainly remain by ‘go to’ law firm for employment and other legal advice!”

Dr Katja LH Samuel, Chief Executive Officer

Global Security and Disaster Management

Discrimination Resources

Podcast

Andrew Willshire and Adam Wheal | 27th February 2023

Disability Discrimination Podcast

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Andrew Willshire and Adam Wheal | 27th February 2023

Disability Discrimination Podcast

The Disability Discrimination Podcast is your essential resource for staying informed on the latest issues in disability discrimination in the workplace. On this podcast, legal experts Andrew Willshire and Adam Wheal discuss the unique challenges faced by disabled individuals, while providing practical advice on diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace.

Don’t miss out on this valuable platform for professionals seeking to create more equitable workplaces. Tune in now to stay up-to-date on disability discrimination issues in the workplace!

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10th July 2019

Can Employees Be Made To Wear Heels To Work?

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10th July 2019

Can Employees Be Made To Wear Heels To Work?

Recent media coverage around dress code at work has sparked examination into the guidance available for employers; what legal principles do you need to know before making any changes to dress code policy? Solicitor Sarah Hayes discusses.

Show notes
00:30 Sarah talks about recent media coverage from Japan around workplace dress codes – what can we learn from this?
01:25 Sarah examines a recent example from the UK
02:00 Sarah talks about the Equality Act – are there gaps?
02:30 New guidance is published for employers and employees – how are these applied in practice?
03:10 What does this mean for employers and what should you consider if revising your dress code policy?

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