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Know your workplace rights

09 September, 2021

• IT may be surprising for your readers to learn that nearly 40 per cent of workers in the UK feel they have had reason to take legal action against their employer, but many are deterred by the prospect of victimisation.

In a survey of more than 2,000 workers, on behalf of law firm Leigh Day, almost two in five people said fear of being treated unfairly by a manager or employer would put them off taking legal action.

As a partner at Leigh Day, I can say that the results of the survey echo the concerns our clients have, but it’s important for employees to know that they are protected against any negative impact at their place of work when taking legal action.

The law is there to protect employees from their employer, and any members of staff, treating employees badly because they are bringing a claim.

The Equality Act 2010 protects all workers from unfavourable treatment by their employer, manager, or co-workers as a result of bringing an employment claim. There is also strength in numbers. We currently represent more than 60,000 in equal pay and workers’ rights claims.

Leigh Day currently represents clients from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, the Co-op and Next in equal pay claims. The firm is also bringing workers’ rights claims against private hire companies Uber, Addison Lee, delivery company Stuart and vehicle marketplace (BCA).

We want to make sure all employees have the information that empowers them to make a claim if they need to because all workers have a right to be paid and treated fairly.

MICHAEL NEWMAN
Partner Leigh Day
Employment Team

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