This page contains a brief snapshot of the service and key issues in discrimination cases. For more detailed information on your rights please go to our dedicated website www.discriminationhelp.org.uk
The law currently protects people from discrimination on the following grounds:
- Transgender status
- Religion or belief
- Marriage/civil partnership status
- Sexual orientation
If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of any of the above you may be able to take a claim forward to employment tribunal or court. Time limits are very strict (3 months in employment and 6 months in all other cases) so it is imperative that you seek advice straight away.
We have been running a discrimination casework service since 1998 and have dealt with many successful cases. We were originally funded by the Commission for Racial Equality and then the Equality & Human Rights Commission to deliver this service free of charge, but from April 2012 grants have ended and we now offer this service on a chargeable basis.
Because our primary aim is to make sure that people who have experienced discrimination are able to get access to justice we don’t make any up front charges. We are not about making a profit, we just need to cover our costs. So if you use our service we will ask you to sign up to an agreement that allows us to take 35% of any award or settlement. That might sound a lot, but it means that you the client doesn’t have to take any risks – you won’t have to pay anything until you secure your settlement or award at court or tribunal. Any money that we do make is ploughed back into the organisation to help other people in a similar situation.
What do we do?
We will deal with your case right from the beginning until the end. That means that we will give you initial advice, deal with all correspondence and advocacy at hearings. We will essentially act for you in all aspects of the case.
Do you only deal with discrimination work?
Our main work is discrimination casework, but that is often linked with general employment claims which we run as well. If you think that you have just a pure employment case, and you are struggling to get support – we may be able to assist, depending on your particular circumstances.
Do I have to live in Cheshire to access the service?
The short answer is no. Although we are based in Chester, anyone who lives in England or Wales (the law is different in Scotland) can use our service. If you live further away we may need to do more via telephone and e-mail, but that is all. Anyone can come to us who thinks they have been discriminated against.