How can I deal with problems at work?
A huge part of our lives are spent at work so it’s vital that we can carry out our jobs safely without fear of discrimination or undue stress. Fortunately, there are a wide range of employment regulations and guidelines which protect British workers and help them tackle problems in the workplace, from discrimination experienced when seeking a promotion to suffering bullying at the hands of colleagues. The experienced employment lawyers at W H Matthews & Co can apply the law to help you uphold your rights and resolve a whole variety of workplace issues.
What are my rights as an employee?
Your employment law rights are very broad, ranging from health and safety to getting the right amount of holiday, but here are some common complaints:
Unfair dismissal - if you have been employed for at least two years in your current job, your employer needs to be very careful if they decide to terminate your contract or make you redundant. Formal disciplinary procedures must be followed and it’s always worth talking to a solicitor to find out if you are entitled to claim any compensation.
Settlement agreements - previously called “compromise agreements” and also known as termination agreements, these often relate to monetary payments at the end of an employment relationship.
Discrimination - employees should not be exposed to any of these forms of discrimination at work: race, sex, religion or philosophical belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy, marital status and age. Your employer has a duty to protect you from suffering any illegal discrimination.
Bullying - you should feel comfortable in your place of work. Your employer has a duty of care to tackle any mistreatment of employees, and claims of bullying should be treated seriously and dealt with appropriately.
Health & Safety - your employer has a duty to protect your health in the workplace, prevent accidents and illness and provide protective clothing or equipment to help you carry out your job safely.
Who can I talk to about a workplace issue?
The first step in dealing with a workplace issue is to either talk to your HR manager or your line manager - or a more senior manager (if the problem concerns your line manager). You should have a grievance procedure which explains the internal approach to dealing with any workplace grievances. But if this is unsuccessful and you would like independent legal advice, you should contact an experienced employment law solicitor who can negotiate with your employer on your behalf, help you reach a settlement agreement or take legal action. Contact us today to find out how the employment law team at W H Matthews & Co can help you.