Friday, 24th March 2017
You have plenty of legal rights as an employee - these are designed to protect you and treat you fairly and respectfully. It is important for you to be aware of these rights. The best source of information for this is the website of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, EHRC. There is a good section explaining your rights. As a portal, we do not encourage a legal route as we are committed to constructive change, but acknowledge that this may be your only option at times.
They also have a free telephone helpline which can give you impartial advice.
Another source of independent advice is ACAS - a service provided by trade unions. Their website is informative and practical.
If you look in your insurance policies, you should have free legal advice included - check your home or motor insurance. There is a helpline number here, and they have professional qualified employment lawyers to help you and guide you. You can call them, explain your situation and see what advice they give. In theory, if you need a lawyer, the costs of this should also be covered in your policy. In practice, insurance companies will try to get out of this, so be careful and press.
Often, you may feel lonely and depressed and afraid to challenge the mighty bosses and organisation. This is very common, and a classic way in which bullying and discrimination is perpetuated. You may want to think carefully about your options before you act, and this is very wise.
We would also like to invite you to address your problem to our agony aunt, by simply emailing agonyaunt(@)diverseethics.com
Article added on 16th December 2009 at 5:56pm
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